"Stir up Sunday"
Traditionally Christmas puddings are made 5 weeks before Christmas and on “Stir up Sunday “ family members stir the pudding mixture and make a wish.
Christmas pudding traditions
Christmas pudding would traditionally contain 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his disciples. Over the years I have added a few more ingredients because we love spices. 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 sprigs represented the crown of thorns. Be warned: the holly berry is very toxic, so instead decorate the Christmas pud with fake foliage. Adding coins, we have some old silver sixpences that I use but will soon be running out of them.Originally charms added to the pud 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. Always warn folk that there are hidden things or coin in the pud.