Old Christmas in Pinecraft
January 6th is considered Old Christmas. Some Plain communities take a fast in the morning and late morning company arrives or they are invited somewhere for the rest of the day.
Back in 2002 on January 6th, I looked out the window in the morning and the streets were quiet. There was hardly a soul around and it puzzled me until I remembered that people are fasting because it is Old Christmas. After my breakfast I went out in the streets to see who is outside and what are they doing? I biked to the Shuffleboard court on Birky Street because I was living on the north side of Bahia Vista. It was the ladies turn to shuffle in the morning being there was only one shuffle board. That specific morning the ladies were 95% Mennonite, 5% Amish. I simply up and asked them about their Old Christmas morning fast. One lady confessed she and her husband were going to keep the day but then someone stopped in and invited her husband to go fishing and so he did. The wife decided if her husband is going to fish, she is going to shuffle and so she did.
Ever since that specific Old Christmas morning, I make my round each year just to see who is out and about.
In the morning the streets were almost empty.
The Elite coach came in at 9:30. Earlier in the morning the CrossRoads from Indiana came.
I biked to the park and the shuffleboard court had about 16 or so people.
These people were on the Elite and went to find something to eat. Lancaster people done keep Old Christmas.
Soon after 12 noon one Pioneer bus came in.
This afternoon I went out biking again and lots of people were out and about, especially at the park.
Bocce Ball in progress.
Watching the crowded shuffleboard court and spying someone.
Softening the seat.