There are variations between each order and diversity among the settlements within an order. Confusing, eh? Outsiders get mixed up when learning about this 400-year-old culture. This blog has and always will apply to the strictest orders within the Amish discipline spectrum - Old and Swartzentruber.
In my experience with our guys and gals who've left these two orders, here are some things I've learned about their Christmas customs:
- No decorations inside/outside the home
- No Christmas tree
- No Santa Clause stories
- No gifts are exchanged (Sarah's parents put candy in her shoes) but, this is changing within some settlements
- Christmas morning is a fasting time