This Sunday, 26th November is Stir-Up Sunday! It’s the day to don your apron, gather your helpers and make your Christmas pudding.
Traditionally, Christmas puddings consisted of 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his disciples. Since stirring is the hardest part, the task was shared between children in the family who each got to make a wish as they stirred. The pudding was stirred from East to West to honour the three wise men who visited baby Jesus and coins were often added. If you found a coin in your dessert on Christmas Day, it was said to be good fortune, although I’m not sure a cracked tooth would be classed as such!
With the widespread availability of ready-made puddings, this tradition is in decline. Saying that, as far as I was concerned, it was a non-starter as I didn’t like Christmas pudding! So, when I was young, we left the making and steaming of puddings to my Grandma and instead, we adopted Stir-Up Sunday as the day for making our Christmas Cake.
So, whether you’re making Christmas pudding or Christmas cake on Stir-Up Sunday, now is the time to think about the finishing touches. Holly was traditionally used to top Christmas puddings but since the berries are highly toxic, it’s advisable to use fake foliage! When it comes to cakes, why not make a scene…. from our cake topper range?!
We also have lots of different colours and widths of ribbon from 50 mm florist ribbon to 15 mm and 25 mm satin ribbon to go around the cake.
And to top off little cakes, mince pies and/or sandwiches, these festive glittery picks are just the job!
Whether it’s pudding or cake you make this weekend, Happy Stirring!