AMISH CHRISTMAS CARDS
I thought posting this picture would give a bit of holiday flair to Amish365.com as we approach the signature season. These are some homemade Amish Christmas cards (maybe more politically correct to say "holiday cards?") made by an Amish woman in rural Switzerland County, Indiana. I think they are beautiful and I asked if she sold them, and she said "no." So, nope, no way to get these for yourself, so you'll just have to admire them here. The Amish woman has a "craft table" when she keeps scissors and other design implements to create this beautiful work of Christmas art.
Christmas cards are one area where the Amish often do mark the occasion and season. Many Amish moms are voracious Christmas card senders. It's not uncommon for the dreaded "form lettter" to also be included in the card where they tell about the past year. These letters tend to be more honest than ones in non-Amish society. Instead of everything being roses, they'll actually often include a true description of the past year. I know I get form letters from non-Amish and every letter sounds like it came from the home of Ozzie and Harriet ("my husband got a promotion and a raise; Sally applied to Harvard and was accepted, we got a new SUV"). Not that I want to hear bad news from anyone, especially at Christmas, but some letters make me want to roll my eyes a bit.
Anyway, Christmas cards are something many Amish looking forward to sending and receiving and the beautiful cards (very often hand-made) decorate mantel places and doorways. That is about as close to seeing Christmas decorations as you will get in most Amish homes.