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Stir-Up Sunday 2018 – Your number 1 guide

Sunday, 25th of November is ‘Stir-up Sunday’, so turn up the carols, throw on your festive pinny as you make a Christmas pudding that will WOW family and friends.

Get stirring as dreams are said to come true on this day!

Christmas pudding - Stir-up Sunday

Christmas is edging nearer and for us preparation is key especially when it comes to our Christmas pudding. So on Sunday 25th November 2018 make sure you’re ready to make the ultimate Christmas pudding to date.

What is Stir-up Sunday?

Stir-up Sunday is a centuries-old tradition and is most known today as the last Sunday before the season of Advent where everyone in the family take a turn at stirring the pudding. It gets its name from the beginning of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer, which begins with the words, “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people”.

Old and New Stir-up traditions

The Stirring: Some believe that stirring the pud (whilst making a wish) from East to West is in honour of the wise men who travelled to Bethlehem.
Ingredients: It’s also said that there should be a total of 13 ingredients in the dish in order to represent Jesus and his twelve disciples.
Silver Coin: It’s said to bring good fortune to the eventual recipient of the portion containing it.

Dried Fruit for Christmas Pudding

Christmas pudding: how, when and where did it all begin.

According to some Christmas pudding originated as a 14th century porridge called ‘frumenty’ and was more like a soup which was made from BEEF and Mutton. In medieval England pud’s were then known as plum pudding or just “pud”. Even though it may be called “plum pudding” it contained NO plums due to to the pre-Victorian use of the word “plums” as a term for raisin. Today in Britain we typically now do many different versions which contain everything from gin to cinnamon to flavour.

Your efforts will pay off when you light the pud and make a grand entrance to the dinner on Christmas day.

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