The last Sunday before the new year is Stir Up Sunday.
This is the day on which many will prepare their traditional English Christmas Pudding.
The “stir up” comes from the first words of the traditional Collect at Mass of the Last Sunday of the Year.
Excita, [Stir up!] quaesumus. Dómine, tuórum fidélium voluntátes: ut, divíni óperis fructum propénsius exsequéntes; pietátis tuæ remédia maióra percípiant.
Also, because you stir up the ingredients for your Christmas pudding on Stir Up Sunday, and steam it, so that it has adequate time to set before the big day.
What are YOUR pudding plan?
Find a recipe, make a plan with the family, and make a pudding this year!
I, alas, am on the road. I won’t be able to make a pudding. *sigh*
In the meantime, here – once again this year – are images from a book I recall from my distant childhood, depicting “Max” preparing what I now – at long – last understand to be The Christmas Pudding! As a kid I had always wondered what he was making.
Any resemblance to hamsters – once on sidebars – is entirely intentional.
Yes, sometimes our best plans and efforts blow up in our faces.