TRADITION: Stir it up for stir-up Sunday

Stir-up Sunday, the Sunday before Advent, November 22,is the traditional day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, while making a wish.

On stir-up Sunday families returned from church to give the pudding its traditional lucky stir. The mixture was stirred from east to west in honour of the three wise men who visited the baby Jesus.

While stirring the pudding mixture each family member would make their secret wish.

On their way back from church children would chant: Sir-up, we beseech thee, the pudding in the pot, when we get home we’ll eat the lot.

Hopefully, not before it was cooked!

G Costello,