This Sunday is 'Stir-up Sunday'


This Christmas card, circa 1871, depicts a Victorian family
 gathering to stir a Christmas Pudding.

Traditionally, families gather together in the kitchen of their homes 
to bake and enjoy Christmas pudding on a Stir-up Sunday - the last Sunday 
before Advent. It is one of the essential British Christmas traditions and is said to have 
been introduced to the Victorians by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. On Stir-up 
Sunday  parents teach their children how to mix ingredients for the pudding. Everyone will get 
a turn to mix, and an opportunity to utter a wish - In some households, elders put coins in 
the pudding mix and allow children to find them. It is believed that finding a coin 
brings wealth, health, happiness for the coming year



Joseph Kenny Meadows:
'Making the Christmas Pudding', 1848


 The idea of adding silver charms and silver coins, probably harks back 
to earlier traditions of adding a dried bean or pea to festive cakes and puddings. 
These were always added to Twelfth Night cakes and the person who found the bean 
was “crowned” the King or Queen of the Bean or Pea for the night, a dubious 
pleasure that nowadays involves you having to buy a round of drinks


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