In An Amish Second Christmas (released yesterday!!), I was one of four authors who was able to share a unique story about Second Christmas.
What is Second Christmas?
The Amish Christmas is a simple holiday. Families spend time together, but usually only the children receive presents. (One small present per child.) They do not decorate their homes like most of us do. You will not find a Christmas tree or many decorations. Some Amish women create homemade cards for their friends. Christmas Day is celebrated and also “Second Christmas.” In some areas this is the next day. In other communities it’s a few weeks later. It represents the visit of the wise men to the Christ child.
West Kootenai, Montana
Like my other Amish novels my story, The Christmas Aprons, takes place in West Kooteai. West Kootenai is in Northwest Montana. I lived in Montana for 15 years and it’s a wonderful place to set my books! (For a complete list go here).
The West Kootenai Kraft and Grocery is a real place. You can “like” them on Facebook. And if you’re in the area on a Friday night join them for a buffet dinner! Call (406) 889-3588 if you have questions.
Snow, snow, snow
West Kootenai is high in the mountains on the Canadian border. If you’re they’re for Christmas you’re almost guaranteed snow! During the winter the Amish in those parts use sled runners on their buggies instead of wheels. When I first heard of that I couldn’t help but think of Little House on the Prairie!
During snowy winter days, Amish women often spend their time indoors baking, sewing or quilting. They save their handcrafts and they sell them in the summer at the big auction. The auction is the second Saturday in June. The Annual West Kootenai Amish Auction includes local wood products and crafts. There are log home builders, quilters, bakers, furniture makers and many more craftspeople attending.
The Christmas Aprons
In my story, The Christmas Aprons, the weather in West Kootenai may be cold, but there is romance in the air!
Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther’s mem’s calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . it’s bachelor bait.
This was a fun story set in one of my favorite places! And I’m sure after you read it you’ll want to try making a vanilla crumb pie!
How about you? If you could travel one place to visit for Christmas where would you go?