Yoders celebrate Amish Easter


By Gloria Yoder



Easter Sunday is one of the most special days of the year to me. It is a special day to celebrate our Lord and Savior.

Early on Easter Sunday morning, I crawled out of bed earlier than usual to spend some extra moments with my Savior. As I stepped outside into the approaching dawn, I breathed the fresh morning air and listened to the songs of the many different birds in the wood right outside our back door. I marveled once more over the handiwork of our Maker. I sat on the back steps and studied the account of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection in the book of Matthew. Half an hour later, my husband, Daniel, joined me and the two of us read together, discussing various perspectives of what Jesus faced that night thousands of years ago when he died to set us free from sin.

After having prayer together, it was time for the children to wake up and have breakfast with us. Before long, we were on our way to church, where we would discuss Easter’s significance more.

I’ll pause on the events of the day to answer one question you’re most likely asking: are Easter eggs and things as such a part of your Easter celebration? Here’s my answer: “It varies from one Amish community to the next, here we do not.” Easter night we went to go listen to the Easter program our youth (age 15 and up) presented. The last several weeks, they have been practicing it off and on. The program was wonderful. All of our church families and some friends were invited.

We sat on backless benches facing the group of young folks, who stood in front of us in a semicircle facing us. Behind them were large dogwood branches that had been hung beside the windows with red curtains. The girls stood in the center of the group wearing black and red. Every other girl wore black, the others wore red. The boys all wore white shirts with black or gray pants and suspenders. It looked absolutely stunning. One of the youth leaders explained that the purpose of the color was to symbolize the blackness of the darkness after Jesus died, the red as our sins and the boys’ shirts were washed white with forgiveness. He quoted the verse, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as wool.”

The program lasted 45 minutes and was packed with inspiration as they shared poems and songs in four-part harmony. I loved every bit of it and could just listen to it again and would love it if all of you readers could hear it too!

Throughout the program, I headed back into the kitchen to check the hot dogs, which we planned to have with our light supper. Everyone had brought a finger food along to go with the hot dog sandwiches afterwards. The tables were loaded with tasty options.

There was finger Jello, which is always a favorite among the children. There were also cookies, veggies and dip, breadsticks, homemade candies and many other goodies. I took one of our favorite chips and dips to the gathering. The biggest problem I have sharing the recipe with you is that I just dump some stuff together until it tastes about right, so I don’t’ have an exact recipe. I’ll give you a little outline and your taste buds can guide you the rest of the way.

Gloria’s Delicious Everything-But-The-Kitchen Sink Dip

1/2 pound bacon, fried and cut into small pieces

1 pound hamburger fried with salt and pepper

1/2 pound cheese, such as Velveeta

8 ounces salsa or taco sauce

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 green pepper, diced

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

Cook the bacon and brown the hamburger. Other delicious items that I add sometimes are mushrooms, pepperoni slices, liquid smoke, green chilies or whatever else I may have in the fridge! Serve with chips or crackers of your choice.

By Gloria Yoder