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Warm Wishes to You and Yours

By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: December 2, 2013 12:00 AM
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It's the most hectic time of the year. The streets of Amish country are full of excited shoppers looking to take advantage of holiday sales and find the most unique gifts to pass out to friends and family.

As you're out and about doing your holiday shopping, stop into Kauffman's Country Bakery for a sweet treat or delicious deli sandwich. Sample some of their signature recipes and walk the aisle's of homemade goodies. Amish country souvenirs make great stocking stuffers and novelty T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts are always popular gifts.

Have you ever seen an entire Christmas village under one roof? Tis The Season Christmas Shoppe is a one-of-a-kind experience you won't want to miss out on. Just strolling through the store is enough to get anyone in the Christmas spirit. Get inspired to create your own Christmas wonderland in your home.

Not every culture celebrates Christmas by giving the gift of a new handheld tablet or the latest gaming system. Instead, the Amish focus on family oriented gifts of board and card games.

As a kid, I remember playing board games and card games with my family and having some of the best times. I feel the electronic era that today's children are growing up in has created a sort of social disconnect with not only family member's but with others they interact with. The Amish may have the right idea here.

Of course we know that Christmas isn't about the gifts you give or receive. First and foremost it is about Christ. Amish Christmas traditions are centered around the birth of Christ. Learn more about the customs and traditions of the Amish in this edition of the Amish Heartland.

Let the spirit of the season wash over you as you read through this edition of the Amish Heartland. Get inspired to decorate your home for the holidays, or get motivated to tackle that forever-long Christmas list. Enjoy spending time with your family and stuff yourself full of your favorite holiday dishes.

From the staff of the Amish Heartland, to all of our readers, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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