Assuming that all Amish practice the same dating customs would be like assuming that all “English” love NASCAR, classical music, and aerobic workouts.Acknowledging that there are many variations, let’s take a look at some Amish dating customs The Setup Amish courtship traditionally begins at age 16 for the boys and age 14-15 for the girls.
So in these households, the old reasons for bed courtship remain.It is an old custom and these ultra-conservative churches stubbornly cling to old traditions.Many go on to college or tech school where they can dip into a large pool of likely dating candidates. Customs differ The Amish, like we outsiders, are not a monolithic society.Amish children also mix socially in school but there are a few major differences. Differences between individual districts can be varied and complex.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.
The Sunday night singing is not meant for devotion.
The songs of worship are faster and more energetic than the slowly chanted songs of the morning church service.
The boys and girls sit at a long table facing each other.
There is plenty of time between songs to talk and socialize. The group will then hang around for an hour or two after singing with the unattached boys and girls sizing each other up as likely partners.
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.