Happy Friday! So glad the weekend is almost here. Being part of Amy Clipston’s Bakery Bunch gives me some fun things to participate in, and this is where today’s blog post comes from. Each member could ask Amy a couple questions regarding her Christmas traditions and about her upcoming novella in “An Amish Christmas Bakery”. This new book will debut on October 1 – just in time for Christmas reading. It includes novellas also from Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin.
I just finished reading Amy’s novella, “Cookies and Cheer”, last night, and it’s right up my alley – lots of cookie baking, decorating, and ham loaf at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant. I loved her story, and I’m sure you will too.
Now onto the interview questions to find out a little more about Amy and her Christmas traditions…
Since this novella is one that Alyssa works in a bakery, what is a baked good that just has to be in the Clipston house or it isn’t Christmas?
My mom and I like to make cookies and cheesecake. I also love her lemon pound cake. Yum!
Do you have a favorite Christmas movie that you make sure to watch every year?
Yes! We always watch “Die Hard” (the first one, of course). It’s been a tradition for many years. It was one of my father’s favorite movies, and it always brings back happy memories. In fact, my son Matt and I pretty much know the lines by heart, and we like to quote them during the movie. (I’m sure that’s annoying to the other watchers!)
Have you ever seen a sugar cookie nativity scene like Alyssa wants to make in “Cookies and Cheer?” What are some other creative, yet simple, ways the Amish might use to celebrate the Christmas season?
No, I have never seen a display like it; however, when I was little, we had cookie cutters. I remember having a star, a camel, a tree, and an angel, which were part of my inspiration. The Amish don’t decorate like we do. They may have a poinsettia and then decorate with some evergreen branches. They do send out Christmas cards, and they buy practical gifts. My Amish friend talked about decorating the kitchen table with gifts for her children and giving gifts such as ice skates.
For more more information from Amy Clipston on upcoming books, events, etc., please make sure to sign up at her website to keep up-to-date on any happenings.
Also on October 1, please join us for a Facebook Chat Party to celebrate the release of this brand new book, “Am Amish Christmas Bakery”, on the Amish Life Facebook page. We’ll be chatting with the authors during this time.
Hope to see you at the chat party. You can pre-order your book now at various online retailers and have it downloaded on October 1, or you’ll be able to find it at various retailers on that date too.
Hope you’ll pick up a copy to get you in the Christmas baking spirit. My absolute favorite time of baking – I reserve a weekend just for cookie baking.
Have a great Friday and weekend. Hope you are doing something fun.