A few days ago I had a chance to watch the recent PBS documentary The Amish, which I’d missed when it first aired. Watching it reminded me of a visit I made to Amish country this past Thanksgiving with some friends. We ended up in a small town called Berlin, Ohio, on the evening of the community Christmas parade. (Church-state issues? Don’t ask, don’t tell.) It was interesting to see the mixed crowd–Amish families speaking German, crowded in alongside English members of the town, plus tourists like my group.
There were carols performed after the parade. We didn’t stay too long, but the songs sung while we were there were all in English. I wonder if there were German carols sung at some point in the evening.