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
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