There's nothing like the scent of aromatic Christmas spices wafting through the house to get you into the holiday spirit. So get ready to don your apron, put on some festive tunes and bring out the brandy, because stir up Sunday is nearly here.
The special day takes place on the Sunday five weeks before Christmas (this year it falls on 25 November) and is traditionally when the Christmas pudding is made so that it can be fed periodically with brandy before enjoying on Christmas Day.
Interested? Discover everything you need to know about stir up Sunday below, including some delicious Christmas pudding-inspired recipes and treats.
How to enjoy Stir Up Sunday
Whether you're making your own Christmas pudding from scratch with lots of yummy dried fruit or fancy using the opportunity to tuck into one of our Extra Special luxury Christmas puddings, Stir Up Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to gather friends and family around and get into the holiday spirit.
Make stir up Sunday into a fun family activity by adding "charms" into the pudding mix. Traditionally, charms were added to the Christmas pudding in the Victorian times as it was believed they would bring good luck to whoever finds them (although not so lucky if you crack your tooth on one).
The traditional lucky charms were a silver coin for wealth, a wishbone for luck, a thimble for thrift, a ring for marriage, and an anchor for safe harbour. If you want to take part in this tradition, you could simply add silver coins wrapped in tin foil for hygeine into the cake. Just remember, if you choose to add any charms, be sure to check the pudding thoroughly before eating and serving to adults and children.
Try something different
But don't beat yourself up if you don't have time to make your pud this weekend. You can always make it in a week or two, your pudding just won't have quite as much time to absorb plenty of rum or brandy before the big day. Alternatively, try something completely new that doesn't need maturing at all! Our sticky toffee Christmas pudding combines two glorious, classic puddings in one, resulting int a truly decadent and delicious end to your Christmas meal that no one will forget.
Can't wait until December to enjoy a tasty treat? Savour all the flavours of the festive season with our Christmas pudding ice cream bombe made with readymade Christmas pud. Just don't forget to make a wish! If you're not in the mood to spend some time in the kitchen, you need to try our Extra Special mince pie cookies - like a mince pie you can dunk in your tea!
But don't worry if you're not much of a baker or don't have any spare time this weekend; we have plenty of Christmas puddings available in store up until Christmas. From our Extra Special Christmas pudding which is matured for a whopping 9 months, to our nut and alcohol free Christmas pudding and our Free From dairy- and gluten-free Christmas pudding that the whole family can enjoy, find your perfect pud in store now.