Retailers: spoons and pudding bowls at the ready for Stir Up Sunday

Sunday (November 20) is Stir Up Sunday – so bring your pudding bowls, spatulas, and spoons to the fore this weekend.

Stir Up Sunday is a festive British tradition when bakers make their plum puddings on the last Sunday before the season of Advent, to allow time for the puddings to mature before Christmas day.

The tradition takes its name from a prayer said in the Anglican church, which begins: ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord…’

Traditionally, families gather together in the kitchens of their homes to mix and steam Christmas pudding on the day. The idea is that everyone should get a turn to mix, and make a wish while they do it.

The pudding is stirred from East to West in honour of the three wise men who visited the baby Jesus. In some households, silver coins are added to the mix, with the finder promised wealth, health and happiness for the coming year

In a survey conducted by supermarket chain Waitrose last year revealed that 15% of people thought that making their Christmas pudding officially marked the start of Christmas – and almost one fifth of 18-24 year olds said that Christmas baking was their favourite foodie moment of the entire festive period.

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