Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Amish School Christmas Program...

What a special treat we had today!

Our Amish neighbors invited us to their childrens' school Christmas program this afternoon.  This is the second time we've been able to attend...but this time at a different school.  There are Amish schools every few miles in our area, and we see the children walking to and from school every morning and afternoon. The school that is closest to our house is full, so some of the neighbor children ride the public school bus to another one about a mile away, and that is where we went today.

I wish so badly that I could have taken pictures inside...the children were so very cute...the boys wore black hats, bow ties and of course their suspenders for one of their funny songs, and even though we couldn't understand it (it was sung in PA Dutch) it was hilarious!  The little girls would come out and recite their poems as quickly as they could, often turning and walking off stage as they finished their lines.  The singing was of the children would start singing a verse and the others would follow.

Every available space was filled and the windows began to inch open as the hour went on.  Even though it's below freezing outside, if you pile over 100 people in a one room school, it gets a bit warm!

This is the progam they gave us...

This is the schoolhouse as we drove in the lane.  The van parked there is an Amish taxi, probably bringing several families who didn't want to hitch up their teams...or maybe Grandparents who didn't live close...

Yes, we see them every day, but there's something beautiful about Amish buggies in the snow.  The team is tied to the back stop that they use when they play baseball at recess...

This wagon brought the students from another school to the program.  We saw them go by as we were getting ready to go...

It was a privilege to be invited, and we are so glad we went.  The innocence of little children, and the sense of community is something to be held close.


  1. Wow, I loved this! As for so many Americans, the Amish are a bit of a mystery and are fascinating in so many ways. I loved this little window into their lives. I'm so glad you were invited to attend!

  2. Oh Alica that sounds like something we all need this time of year innocence and simple celebrations of a glorious time of year. The reason is the only message we need. Love your photos. Hug B

  3. What a privilege to be invited to their school Christmas School Program. Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas Alica.


  4. how very special. truly a special gift to share. :)

  5. School Nativity plays are some of my favorites. The story is the same but the children are all different and bring their own joy to the story. Thanks.

  6. I think one of the very first times I read your blog it was the post about the Amish Christmas party. I really enjoyed it. I think it is so special that you are able to see a glimpse into a different world. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Alisa, it's so good to read about the way others celebrate Christmas... and I'm so glad you got to go! I hope you are on your way to being ready for Christmas up there!

  8. Lovely share Alisa !
    The Amish buggies in the snow are indeed beautiful too.


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