A Newlywed Pounding?

September 20, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Q&A | 3 Comments
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Question: Now I know what a “pounding” is in the context of church, but I still don’t know why it’s called that.

Answer: You’re referring to the practice of welcoming homeowners into a new home by helping them stock their pantry with groceries. I sympathize. The first time my wife and I heard about it in church (many years ago), they were calling it a “newlywed pounding,” and boy did we giggle through the rest of the service. Actually, my wife giggled, and I chuckled manfully in a deep baritone, but you get the idea. So we looked it up after church, and it seems to have originally been a Quaker practice, from the days when most food item staples were purchased by the pound: a pound of sugar, a pound of flour, a pound of butter, etc. Personally, I think it’s one of those things (like “potluck dinner”) that could probably use a name makeover.


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