Yesterday was the Sunday before advent, here it is called ‘Stir-up Sunday’. The term comes from the opening words of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549 and later:
“Stir-up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works’…………….”
It was traditional on this day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, whilst making a wish. On Stir-up Sunday families returned from Church and gave the pudding its traditional lucky stir. The Christmas pudding known today began life as Christmas porridge called ‘Frumenty’, a dish made of wheat or corn boiled up in milk. As time went on, other ingredients, such as dried plums or prunes, eggs, and lumps of meat were added to make it more interesting. When cooked, it was poured into a dish. This pudding was called Plum Pudding. The name ‘Plum Pudding’ continued to be used even when people used raisins, currants, and sultanas instead of prunes. Every member of the family must give the pudding a stir and make a secret wish. A coin was traditionally added to the ingredients and cooked in the pudding. It was supposedly to bring wealth to whoever found it on their plate on Christmas Day. The traditional coin was an old silver sixpence or three penny piece. There seems little point in maintaining these old traditions – now that younger generations have succumbed to the multi cultural American commercialisation of the forthcoming Mid winter festival.


6 thoughts on “STIR UP SUNDAY

  1. Hi laird it is nice to be reminded of how these traditions came about, as children we always found silver charms in our christmas pudding! Strangly enough we all had one of each design I wonder how that worked???

    keep up the good work with the writing


  2. Since being diagnosed as type 2 diabolical , there shall be no c/cake for me 😦 I shall miss it greatly.
    Hope your story is coming along nicely. sounds like too much thinking involved for me.
    be well Laird, be well .

  3. It could be a nice tradition to bring back – everyone in the family helping with the cooking of a plum pudding seems like a good idea. Of course, in NZ, a plum pudding at Christmas is a bit much – more of a trifle type time.

    • Spending christmas on sandy summer beach does appeal until I think of the ‘winter’ food I would have to sacrifice. Roasting chestnuts on a BBQ does not have the same appeal somehow.

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