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.
Couples from more progressive churches that have drifted more toward the modern world might go into town for the evening.
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.
The boy makes the long buggy trip home in the wee hours of the morning.
If both are willing, the couple starts going steady. On the weekend when there is no church, the couple usually dates on Saturday night. Either party can quit the relationship at any time.
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.
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.
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.
Bed courtship is practiced only by the ultra-conservative churches.