The Affairs of the heart resources are suitable for English learners of an intermediate or higher level.

If you were a Jersey girl with a wish to get married, you needed an apple. In particular, a golden pippin apple.

The lucky day was 21st December, St Thomas’s Day. Just before you got into bed, you had to walk backwards with the apple in your hand, then put it under your pillow and recite a short rhyme. The rhyme was as follows:

The day of St Thomas, the shortest and lowest
God, in sleeping let me see the man who will love me
Show me my husband
The house where I shall live,
The nation and country where his home will be
Such as he is, I will love him.

In your dreams you would see the man who was meant for you, and if you had obeyed the ritual to the letter, he would sweep you off your feet and marry you before you had time to think about it.

Of course, you then needed your pieces of wedding tradition too: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.