Did you know some Amish observe January 6 as Olde Christmas? This day is respected by rest, fasting, solemnness and, for the strict Swartzentruber order, no sex between married couples. Seriously. It's part of their Ordnung.
Amish businesses are closed, and their workers as well as scholars (school children) have the day off.
How in the world did this date get its name? Well, a bit of history explains -- January 6 was the old-calendar Christmas. In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII lopped off
- ten days,
- eleven minutes, and
- fifteen seconds
While commemorating Olde Christmas, Amish eventually adopted December 25 as Christmas. However, Olde Christmas is regarded as the holier of the two days.
Author Ira Wagler blogged about growing up Old Order Amish and their way of recognizing January 6. His memory is interesting - haunting - and adds depth to this Amish tradition.
For the rest of us, I say "Happy New Year!" and return (or subscribe to receive) more rare, accurate information about the Amish.
If your group, club, library, church, or school is interested in having me come speak about the Amish, email me for a date: speaker2parents(@)juno.com
UPDATE: I'm currently booking presentations into April 2016.
(c)Copyright, 2014. Brenda Nixon