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Happy Holidays

By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: December 4, 2014 8:42 AM
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Winter is upon us once again. The snowflakes dance across your nose, children make snow angels in their yards and roly-poly snowmen are making their appearances. Winter can be a most enchanting time of year if you can set aside those chilling thoughts and think warmly of the beauty of Mother Nature.
The Christmas season is a most exciting time for both Amish children and their parents as preparations are made for the annual Christmas program. Students spend a great deal of time practicing their parts to make sure that they are absolutely perfect when the time comes to stand on stage in front of their friends and family.
Their creativity knows no bounds as the students  set to work, preparing the classroom for the program by creating paper stars and snowflakes and chains to string from the ceiling. They even create their own props and fashion their own costumes for the big day. Read all about the preparations for the annual Amish Christmas Program in our feature this month.
The fieldwork has been wrapped up for the winter season and winter’s chill has caused many families to spend their evenings indoors. For a society with no computers to connect them with the outside world, one must wonder how they keep themselves occupied.
It’s like taking a trip back in time when you spend a winter evening in an Amish home. Here you will find books and board games and an endless supply of popcorn. You really find the true meaning of togetherness.
We could all take a lesson from this simple way of life. I challenge all of you to put down the phone, turn off the television and just spend time catching up with your family. Dust off those ancient bored games and schedule a family game night.
Looking to snuggle up close to the fire with a good book? This month’s book review brings you a short holiday novel as well as an Amish love story. Get lost in the tale of Bess Riehl and Billy Lapp as they struggle to find where there heart belongs.
Don’t have a cozy fireplace to snuggle up to? Plan a trip out to Erb’s Stove in Berlin to choose from some of the most breathtaking fireplaces. Customize a piece that will fit perfectly in your own home.
If your looking to give your home the rustic or primitive touch, look no further than the Amish Country Peddler and Homespun Treasures for your home décor needs. Find everything from holiday knick-knacks, to tablewares and even primitive furniture pieces.
Take some time to surround yourself with friends and family this holiday season. From the staff of Amish Heartland to all of our readers, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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reta Dec 8, 2014 8:04 AM

Such a peaceful way of life.Reminds me of my childhood.We were not Amish, but were very poor.We lived on a farm, with no electricity or inside plumbing.therefore  we played dominoes ,checkers etc.Mom would bake and frost sugar cookies, and Dad could oft time be found cracking nuts for her baking.these times were very lean, and rough, but at lease as a family we knew one another and talked together.so differant from today. Memories!