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All societies transition, but the Swartzentruber Amish, who are the most conservative, have transitioned the least.
I asked my mother-in-law if she had ever heard of the Amish celebrating the 2nd day of Christmas, to which she answered "Yes." She told me that years ago some of the stricter Amish celebrated December 25, then also the 26th and then Old Christmas on January 6. See a previous post regarding Old Christmas.
Today I questioned a lady of the strictest sect of Amish here, the Swartzentruber, if they celebrate the second day of Christmas, December 26, and she said, "Yes." They cook a big Christmas meal on December 25, but she explained that they celebrate the 26th as a casual of leisure; a day when they might expect a visit from family. They would not work more than necessary on that day.
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Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 5, 2012