It’s so important to learn about family history and in the run up to Christmas I'll be exploring our favourite family yuletide traditions. This Sunday (24th November) marks one of my favourite British traditions, Stir-Up Sunday.
Stir-Up Sunday is a Christian tradition which marks the last Sunday before Advent (the Christmas period) when families would come together to stir and steam the Christmas pudding. These puddings are made from a mixture of fruit, nuts and alcohol, however back in the 14th century they could even contain beef or mutton! The original puddings were also more watery, so would have had the consistency of a sweet meaty stew. Luckily they are much more appetising today... A more modern tradition adds a touch of flare to dessert on Christmas day, pouring brandy on top of the pudding to light it on fire (this one especially excites my son).
On Stir-Up Sunday families take it in turns to stir the pudding East to West to honour the three wise men from the nativity story. It is seen as an event to bring the family together and welcome in the fun of Christmas. My family still enjoys this tradition every Stir-Up Sunday and this year will celebrate over Zoom.
To make your own English Christmas pudding check out this great recipe. Don’t forget to add a side of brandy butter for the perfect dessert on Christmas day.
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