I missed “STIR UP SUNDAY”! But it’s not too late.

Last Sunday, the final Sunday of the liturgical year, was “Stir Up” Sunday, taken from the translation of the Latin Collect for Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form (which probably was just transferred into the Book of Common Prayer).

This was the Sunday to begin making the Christmas Puddings!

And I missed it.   I was on the road.

But I’m back now.  I will have to make my Christmas Pudding during Stir-Up Week.

It’s not too late!  You can get into too.

On Stir Up Sunday, in a family, every member of the household had to take turns stirring together the mixture for the pudding.  Very cool.  A great family thing to do.

Let us know what your plans are.

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  1. Elizabeth M says:

    I missed it too. Instead, we are having an “open house” this Sunday & mixing our “fruitcake”. Also, Father is coming to the house for our Enthronement of the Sacred Heart!

  2. MariaTeresa says:

    Does anyone have any good Christmas Pudding recipes?

  3. mamajen says:

    Hmmm. Not a fan of pudding myself, BUT my mother-in-law is here visiting from England right now! And my husband, of course, loves Christmas pudding. If there was ever a time to learn… It would give us something to do instead of sitting around awkwardly.

  4. donadrian says:

    It is really too late to make Christmass pudding – four weeks is not long enough for it to mature properly. I always make mine in the summer. They last for ever.

  5. My family hates fruitcake, even though I used to be able to make quite a decent one. So no stirring up for me. However, I am almost completely on top of the Christmas shopping, and thus will be able to kick back and enjoy Advent properly.

    We are having the PP over to dinner tomorrow, with crayfish and potato salad, so I shall stir the potato salad in your honour, Fr Z.

  6. benedetta says:

    Also behind this year as you are Fr. Z, however I’m on track to stir up this Sunday. Glad to see Max making his annual festive appearance. This year I am making my own candied peel (so easy I don’t know why I didn’t think to previous years) and rum instead of brandy. All else the same. Picked up suet today as a matter of fact. All systems are go to stir up and steam away this weekend…We tend to flame up our pudding after Christmas anyway towards Epiphany anyway. As a matter of fact I have stirred up on some odd days these last couple of years and it always has worked out…I remember well the first year following your progress with the helpful sidelights of Max on his adventures, and, after that initial laughter I decided it would be fun to try it out. Last year I took a pudding to my literature class and our middle schoolers had a taste after a discussion of Dickens’ Christmas stories…

  7. RafqasRoad says:

    No Christmas Pudding this year, but I laid down a batch of fruit mince and fed three Christmas cakes that are all progressing beautifully. The fruit mince should be just right for the mince pies that will be part of the Christmas lunch dessert course (My husband and I are hosting this year) along with said Christmas cake and trifle. Can’t wait for Advent!! In Australia, we’re coming into our stone fruit season and the beginning of summer (though this last month of spring has been ridiculously hot in many parts). its time again to throw down the Eastern Catholic challenge once more (as Eastern Catholics e.g. Maronite, observe Lenten-style dietary guide lines during this season).

    A blessed and Christ-filled Advent to everyone here, readers and our gracious host alike,


  8. Matt R says:

    I love the collect. But I do think the editors of the GR1974, by returning to the older propers, as Fr. Hunwicke pointed out the other day (the ones used also at Sarum) made the right call.

    How neat that the collect influenced a culture like that. My professor of Renaissance and Reformation history mentioned sacramentals in the life of the peasantry, and the connection between days of the year, items, and the appropriate blessings came up, e.g. Assumption herbs. That ought to be something we keep in mind as Catholics.

  9. MariaTeresa says:

    I’ll have to try next year then! I have young girls and am trying to start some good Catholic Advent and Christmas traditions.

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