Customs of dating around the world
Bed courtship is practiced only by the ultra-conservative churches.
The parents rely on the church teachings to prevent hanky-panky. The custom was practiced in Europe for centuries before immigrants introduced it to the American colonies.
As fireplaces and hard wooden chairs were replaced by central heating and comfortable sitting rooms, bundling faded (almost entirely) from the scene.
Clinging to Tradition It is interesting to note that the vast majority of Amish society condemns the practice of bed courtship.
This custom is also known as bundling which the dictionary defines as sleeping in the same bed with somebody while both are fully dressed. In the past, the practical reason for bed courting was comfort.
When homes were heated by fireplaces and had hard wooden furniture, the bed was the warmest, most comfortable place to socialize.
They date in their buggies and drink hot chocolate or sodas.
They focus on group and outdoor activities sometimes with their parents.
The more conservative couples practice traditional Amish dating customs.
It seems strange that only the strictest Amish congregations still sanction it.
In ultra-conservative groups like the Swartzentruber Amish or the Nebraska Amish, homes are still heated by wood stoves and furnished with plain furniture with no upholstering.
Since everyone goes to Church every other week, it is makes sense for the older kids to stay late to mix and match.
So on Sunday evening at the same house where church service was held earlier in the day, after the adults have left, Amish kids meet for Sunday night singing.
The most daring couples might change into English clothes, get into a car and head for a party where they can sample worldly temptations. Bed Courtship Some Amish dating relationships start out with a different twist.