They were given separate blankets by the girl's parents and expected to talk to one another through the night. 1846), for example, initially argued before Judge Edmunds in the Orange Circuit Court of New York, concerned the seduction of a 19-year-old woman; testimony in the case established that bundling was a common practice in certain rural social circles at the time.

The tradition is thought to have originated either in the Netherlands or in the British Isles and later became common in Colonial America, It is possible the precedent for bundling came from the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz, in which Ruth, a young widow, and Boaz, an older wealthy landowner, spend a night together in a grain storage room while not touching; the pair later get married.

Traditionally, participants were adolescents, with a boy staying at the residence of the girl.

That this would be more threatening than getting drunk on the regular basis, was surprising.

Okay, Annnie M, I am ready to tackle your question about “traditional courtship” among the Amish.

The first date with someone could be embarrassing, especially if they didn’t go to a young folks’ gathering first. When they fell asleep in each other’s arms, their sleep was as soft as their kisses.

She twisted her head covering strings and accepted the date. He was short and stocky with big shoulders, a round face with freckles, and blue eyes. ” she asked, aware how tight her night dress fit over her breasts. “Yes, but sometimes he likes to play tricks on people, so I wasn’t sure,” Jacob answered. At four in the morning, Jacob hitched up his horse and drove home for chores. She lay awake and imagined another date with him next week.

Most of them include a boy driving a girl home from a young folk’s gathering.

As far as I know, the only differences are what they do in the girl’s home when they get there.

As I mentioned before, this is embarrassing for the families involved, but most often the solution is for the couple to get married.