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Original publication A. Monroe Aurnad, Jr., 1938
Wrapped in blankets or a bundling bag, sometimes with a board between them (called a bundling board) the couple were expected to talk to one another throughout the night. The practice was largely limited to winter with the boy staying at the girl's house. There was the added advantage that if the girl got pregnant (those blankets and boards didn't always work), the parents were fairly certain of the father.
Bundling was common in Colonial America especially among the Pennsylvania Dutch. It was still practiced in the mid-nineteenth century. By the twentieth century, except for a few accounts among the Amish, bundling had died out.
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