By Kevin Williams
This is an expanded version of our occasional look at Amish-themed items on Amazon. It's fun to see what is out there and using my analysis and insight, we can sort of glean some Amish information from these posts. But since it is such a busy holiday weekend and we're all sick of food, this seems like a good weekend to focus on shopping.
NATIVITY SCENES: While this is kind of neat, I have to say that I scratch my head at this one: an Amish nativity scene? With Amish people making up the manager scene? It's cute, but it is so woefully historically inaccurate that it'd be tough for me to get past. But maybe I am overthinking it, so if you want to see a cute Amish nativity scene, check this out.
Okay, now this one I'd be more more apt to be interested in, this an Amish-made nativity scene, with the manager figures being made of solid wood. The nativity scene is made by AmishToybox.com....I'm going to try to do a bit more research about them, seem like a wonderful Plain family and I'd love to showcase more of their work. Click here to see their nativity scene, to read more about the family behind Amish Toybox click here.
DOYLE YODER DAILY CALENDAR: My problem with these daily calendars is I go all gung-ho at the beginning of the year and remember flip it every day,but by February or March I get out of the habit of doing it and it just sits there and come August my calendar is still on March 3. Still, if you love Amish imagery, you can't do much better than Doyle Yoder. I've met Doyle on a couple of occasions, been to his house once (a gorgeous spread in the Holmes County hills), his work is the gold-standard for capturing Amish life. Click here to check out a calendar of his for 2017. I guess because it is a "perpetual calendar" you can use it year after year, but then the images might get old.
AMISH COOKING GLOVES: I have to say that this is genius if it works. Oven mitts are awful, I feel like a baseball catcher trying to intercept a casserole whenever I use them for something hot. But if there were actual glove gloves that worked for taking a hot pan from the oven,man, that would be awesome. But I am not sure what qualifies these silicone cooking gloves as Amish? They are black colored? So the Amish connection is a bit of a head-scratcher, but, wow if they work, who cares? Click here.
AMISH-MADE BEAUTIFUL BIRD FEEDER: This would seem to cost a small fortune as far as bird feeders go, but isn't this gorgeous? Click here to read more.
AMISH-MADE ROCKING HORSE: Well, if $$$ were no object, I'd probably get this for Aster and Bea (although I know of some small home-based Amish type father and son furniture makers who could probably do this for less expensive)...a sturdy, authentic Amish-made rocking horse will last generations and give kids hours of wholesome, non-electronic fun and that is a winner! Click here to take a look at this neat one that I found!
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