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By: sandiquiz , 10:08 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
Stir-Up Sunday is the last Sunday before Advent begins and historically the date to make Christmas Pudding.
Because the date of the start of Advent varies a little from year to year, it can fall anytime between November 20th and 26th. This year it was Sunday November 24th, as Advent begins on Sunday, December 1st.
It is thought Stir-Up Sunday is so called for two reasons. The first is from the wording of the 'Communion Prayer' in church services for the Sunday before Advent, which begins:-
'Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded.'
...and secondly because traditionally it was the day Christmas Puddings were made to allow them a month to mature before Christmas Day.
Presumably the words heard at Church became associated with the appropriate time for pudding preparation and the two have been linked for many years.
I made my Christmas puddings on Sunday, taking photos as I did so, producing a photographic recipe for you. Homemade Christmas pudding should be light and moist, not heavy and stodgy, as many mass-produced, purchased puddings can be.
Collect together all the ingredients.
EVERY MEMBER of the FAMILY should have a STIR, and make a WISH :)
MAKE SURE YOU WATCH the steamer does not boil dry, topping up with boiling water when necessary.
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