Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Amish Christmas Traditions

Today's guest post is by author of A Plain Disappearance, Amanda Flower.

The Christmas Season is in full swing and the Amish are celebrating too. Christmas isn’t just for us English folks, and you may be wondering how the Amish celebrate Christmas.
Here are some quick facts about an Amish Christmas:

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

The day after Christmas, December 26th, is a holiday for Amish and for some Amish groups is called “Second Christmas.”

The one-room school house 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

May you have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends!

You can learn more about an Amish Christmas in Amanda's latest mystery, A Plain Disappearance. The novel includes many of these traditions including a schoolhouse Christmas play and Amish popcorn.


It’s Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date.

Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy’s friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.


  1. Amanda - Thank you for such a wonderful holiday post.

  2. Amanda, this is a really great peek at customs that are unfamiliar to me. I look forward to reading A Plain Disappearance.
    Terrie Moran