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Why Do We Take Turns To Stir The Christmas Pudding?

We all do it! From the youngest member of the family to the oldest, we all like to take our turn to stir the Christmas pudding and make a wish, but why?

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Throughout the years there have been many superstitions surrounding the Christmas Puddings. One such superstition says that the pudding should contain 13 ingredients, these are to represent Jesus and his 12 Disciples and every member of the family should take turns to stir the pudding with a wooden spoon from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men.

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The Sunday before Advent Sunday (which is also the last Sunday in the Church Year), is often know as ‘Stir-up Sunday’. This is the traditional day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, whilst making a secret wish.

“Stir-up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Do you and your family take turns at stirring the Christmas Pudding or do you pop to the supermarket and buy a ready made one? Get in touch below, we’d love to hear about your Christmas traditions.

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