By Isabella Alan
I love Christmastime. I love the twinkle lights wrapped around bushes and trees outside, the hubbub of shopping for that perfect gift, and the time spent with family and friends near and far. So when it came to write the third novel in the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series, I knew it had to be a Christmas book.
The Amish don’t celebrate many holidays, but they do celebrate Christmas. Just like us English (non-Amish) folks the Amish have Christmas traditions. Their traditions vary from family to family and Amish district to Amish district, but here are some quick facts about an Amish Christmases I’ve learned.
- The Amish don’t have Christmas trees, but they do decorate their homes with pine and greens from the garden.
- The Amish do exchange small gifts at Christmas. Many of these are handmade, but store bought gifts are becoming popular, too.
- A favorite Amish Christmas treat is flavored popcorn. Caramel corn is the far and away most popular flavor.
- The day after Christmas, December 26th, is a holiday for some Amish districts and is called “Second Christmas.”
- The one-room schoolhouses will traditionally have a Christmas program for the children’s parents.
- There is no Santa Claus in the Amish world. The focus of Christmas is on the birth of Christ.
Check out Murder, Served Simply to find out how I incorporate these Amish Christmas traditions in the novel while a murderer is on the loose in my tranquil Amish town of Rolling Brook, Ohio.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Isabella
National Bestselling Author Isabella Alan is the pseudonym for Amanda Flower. Amanda Flower, a two time Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.