Stir Up Sunday

Well everyone should have made their Christmas puddings last Sunday - the last Sunday in the Church year before Advent - now adopted as the Sunday of 'Christ the King' in some Anglican parishes too. Stir-up Sunday is traditionally the day for families to make the Christmas pudding, giving it plenty of time for the flavours to develop before Christmas.

Stir-up Sunday Traditions

On Stir-up Sunday it's a tradition for all members of the family to have a stir of the pudding, whilst making a wish.

Another Christmas pudding tradition is to add an old coin to the mixture. It's believed that the lucky finder of the coin will be brought wealth. The traditional coins used were an old silver sixpence or threepenny bit. Nowadays a 10 or 20 pence piece will do. Just wash it well, wrap it in tinfoil and drop it into the Christmas pudding whilst giving it it's final stirs.

Just remember to warn those eating the pudding that they may come across some buried treasure.

In the Anglican Church, the Collect for the Sunday before Advent, or the twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity, which occurs some time in late November, commences ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people’, and all over the country this has given the day the colloquial name of Stir-Up Sunday. Brand reports a verse recited by children: ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, The pudding in the pot, And when we get home, We'll eat it all hot’. The day was taken as a marker to advise the housewife to start her Christmas preparations, and the grocer to see to the Christmas stock of his shop


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