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Christmas in West Kootenai | An Amish Second Christmas

Christmas in West Kootenai | An Amish Second Christmas

an amish second christmas

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).

An Amish Second ChristmasThere is a small Amish community in West Kootenai. Amish from other communities come an live there. It’s also a popular vacation spot for the Amish.

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?

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Tricia Goyer (77 Posts)

Tricia is the author of more than 30 books and has published more than 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005. Tricia's co-written novel, The Swiss Courier, was a nominee for the Christy Awards.


  1. I seen this book on Amazon yesterday and have placed a hold for it at the digital library. Can’t wait to read it.

  2. Hi! I’m from Holland, and in most parts of north-europe, the ‘tweede kerstdag’, second christmasday, is a national holiday! Think the Amish continued this tradition in America! Love it:)

  3. Tricia Goyer says:

    Joanne, that’s wonderful!

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