Today is stir up Sunday which also marks 5 weeks until Christmas,
Ok now you are asking what the hell I am on about:
I’m trying to get into the festive spirit honest.
Be prepared for a little history lesson
Stir up Sunday is traditionally the last Sabbath before the Christmas season of Advent gets started, this year it falls on November 20th. The term comes from the opening words of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549:
‘Stir up, we beseech three, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded’
Stir-up Sunday is the day when the whole family gather to prepare and make a traditional British Christmas pudding. Taking place 5 weeks before Christmas, once the Christmas pudding is made, it marks the start of preparations before Christmas.
Early Christmas puddings contained meat usually mutton or beef as well as onions, wine, spices and dried fruit. The tradition of Christmas Pudding didn’t appear in England until it was introduced to the Victorians by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. The main point of difference between a Christmas Cake and a Pudding is that a cake is baked rather than steamed.
As the name suggests, the traditional recipe involves stirring. The custom states that each family member has a turn stirring the pudding whilst making a wish and adding coins and charms. Finding a coin or a charm in your piece of the pudding on Christmas day is said to bring wealth, health and happiness.
A lot of people use today to start not just their puddings but their cakes as well..
I am even more organised than that… our cake and puddings were made weeks ago 🙂
It does feel strange though… 5 weeks until christmas and we are still going out without coats on,
Yesterday I had to take Alex to get some new trainers and we went to Hampstead valley, didn’t even bother taking a jacket, and then walking around the mall there are christmas decorations up everywhere, it seems surreal in some ways.. Just not right.
On the plus side
All but the wrapping and waiting for deliveries I have christmas covered (with the exception of maybe a stocking filler or two for Ali)
Bring it on, I’m ready