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, listen to some festive tunes and bring out the cinnamon sticks, because Stir Up Sunday is nearly here.
The special day takes place the Sunday before the season of Advent and is traditionally when the Christmas pudding is stirred so that it's perfectly moist and ready for Christmas Day. Interested? Discover everything you need to know about Stir Up Sunday below, including delicious Christmas pudding-inspired recipes and treats.
When is Stir Up Sunday and what happens?
Stir Up Sunday takes place five weeks before Christmas, which this year is on Sunday 26 November. The opening words of the Book of Common Prayer read on this Sunday before Advent at church are 'Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord,' and so that is where the tradition of stirring comes from.
Back in Victorian times, families would typically gather in the kitchen on Stir Up Sunday and each take turns to stir the Christmas pudding while making a secret wish.
In some homes, charms were - and still are - added into the pudding mix, as it's believed that they will bring good luck to whoever finds them (although not so lucky if you crack your tooth on one, mind). 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.
Just remember, if you choose to add any charms, be sure to check the pudding thoroughly before eating and serving to adults and children.
How to enjoy Stir Up Sunday
Whether you're making your own Christmas pudding from scratch with lots of yummy dried fruit or enjoying a delicious shop-bought version (as seen in the image above), Stir Up Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to gather friends and family around and get into the holiday spirit.
And, with our classic step-by-step Christmas pudding recipe, making your own is much easier than you think.
Can't wait until December to enjoy a tasty treat? Try these gooey Christmas pudding cookies that can be on the table in just 50 minutes. Or savour all the flavours of the festive season with Christmas pudding ice cream. Just don't forget to make a wish!