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A New Year for Amish Heartland

By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: January 1, 2014 12:00 AM
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Everything seems to be slowing down in Amish country. The holiday bustle is over and winter has finally settled in. You find yourself nestled in to your favorite chair, patting your stomach and preparing to "hibernate" after another successful holiday season.

Don't shut yourself in completely. Winter can bring out some of the most picturesque moments in Amish country. Blankets of snow covering gently rolling hills as Amish children go for sled rides, buggies traipsing through a lightly falling snow and Amish snowman adorned with felt hats and scarves. Yes, winter can be a beautiful time of year as well.

As you're driving around, taking in the beauty of Mother Nature, don't forget to plan a few shopping stops along the way. If you're planning on doing a little remodeling, stop in to Homestead Furniture to help you pick out quality furniture made the right way. Let Homestead Furniture reintroduce you to the meaning of custom made furniture.

It's never too early to plan for warmer weather. Maybe running has never been your style when it comes to working out, but you want to take up a fitness hobby you can do outdoors. Consider cycling. Raber's Bike Shop has an expansive collection of bicycles for everyone from the serious athlete to the pleasure rider. Let the experts at Raber's Bike get you on the perfect bike.

For the 2014 year, Amish Heartland will continue to debunk some of the myths you may have gathered about the Amish from popular TV shows like "Breaking Amish." In this issue we highlighted some of the more common myths and questions people have about the Amish.

In future editions we hope to go deeper in exploring the truth behind some of these popular TV shows and how closely they relate to the true Amish life. We will also continue to highlight some of the more favored traditions of Amish life.

The new year is proving to be a pretty exciting one for Amish Heartland as we work to revamp the magazine. Don't miss an issue as we will be featuring a prize for one of our most valued readers. As always, we hope you enjoy this first edition of the year for Amish Heartland.

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