Amish businesses closed Jan. 6 for ‘Old Christmas’

Amish-owned businesses will be closed throughout the area Monday in recognition of Old Christmas.

What is Old Christmas?

The Amish celebrate “Old Christmas,” a holy and festive day, on Jan. 6, exactly 12 days after Christmas, which is considered when the Three Wise Men came to Bethlehem to find baby
Jesus, according to a Dec. 17, 2009 blog post from “Dutchman News.”

In some Amish orders, members celebrate on Dec. 25 and Jan. 6, while the latter is regarded as the more religious of the two holidays. Some may decorate their homes and give gifts, while others may
keep to more simple traditions.

Jan. 6 is a time for families to get together. Some members fast until noon, then have a big meal later in the day.

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