Stir-up Sunday is a tradition that dates back to the Victorian era, when families would gather around and ‘stir’ their homemade Christmas pudding five weeks before Christmas, the last Sunday before advent begins.

The Stir-Up traditions

  • Christmas pudding would traditionally contain 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his disciples.
  • It is traditionally stirred (while making a wish) by each member of the family from East to West, to resemble the Wise Men that visited Jesus in the Nativity Story.
  • The customary garnish of holly represented the crown of thorns. Be warned: the holly berry is very toxic, so instead adorn your Christmas pud with fake foliage!
  • Adding coins, originally charms, to your Christmas pudding was said to bring luck if you found them in your portion on Christmas Day. 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. Biting down on any of these could cause a trip to the dentist with a cracked tooth, so we wouldn’t recommend this.

What would a DS106 version of Stir-up Sunday look like? What traditions should we put in place?

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