Stir-Up Sunday is a delicious Christmas tradition beginning 5 weeks before Christmas. It involves cakes and families, and long-held Christmas traditions.
What does one stir up on Stir-Up Sunday? The most delicious Christmas cake one can find. The stirring is not only for the ingredients, but for the heart as well.
Stir-Up Sunday prepares the stirring of hearts in preparation for Christmas.
As we enter the Christmas Advent season, celebrating with these Christmas recipes is the perfect way to honor the tradition.
What is Stir-Up Sunday?
It is a tradition that dates back to Victorian times when families would gather, five weeks before Christmas, to stir the Christmas pudding. Opening words from the Book Of Common Prayer, used on the last Sunday before Advent, reads: “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people.”
The tradition says that all family members and guests must participate in giving the cake a “good stir.” This activity of stirring-up the ingredients symbolizes that our hearts must be stirred in preparation for Christ’s birth.
Plum puddings are classic for a Stir-Up Sunday, perhaps due to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Other popular stir-up cakes include puddings, fruitcakes, spice cakes… or any cake appropriate for the season.
What will you make for stir-up Sunday? Although tradition dictates a Christmas or Figgy Pudding, any cake will do! Keep reading for delicious, Christmas cake and pudding recipes below. And start… stirring!
Stir-Up Sunday Traditions
Good Housekeeping details Stir-Up Sunday traditions and symbolisms.
- 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 remember 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!
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