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Shipshewana Amish Furniture Store Closed January 6, 2010
Brandenberry Furniture, a Shipshewana Amish Furniture store specializing in custom-crafted wood furniture in the heart of Indiana’s Amish Country will be closed January 6th as owners LeRoy and Ida Weaver celebrate “Old Christmas”. The Amish refer to Epiphany as Old Christmas. This is a day to pause and remember the birth of baby Jesus on the twelfth day of Christmas.
LeRoy and Ida grew up and still reside in the northern Indiana Amish community of Shipshewana. Here the traditions and celebrations for Old Christmas vary slightly but the holiday is still a day of rest. Therefore businesses close for the day. Old Christmas starts with a period of fasting in the morning. Many Amish families will get together later in the afternoon to celebrate their family Christmas. This includes a large amount of food, candy, and games.
The day the Wise Men visited baby Jesus in the manger is refereed to as Epiphany. Learn more about the history of Epiphany and various traditions and celebrations here.