For various reasons I knew I would be really busy this Christmas so I made my Christmas cake and Christmas Pudding back in October. I’m slightly sad that I wont therefore be keeping up the tradition of Stir Up Sunday this year.
The season of Advent which is the time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas and the start of the liturgical year, begins on a different date each year. Stir Up Sunday is traditionally on the Sunday before Advent Sunday which this year is November 28, 2010, making tomorrow Stir Up Sunday. If you haven’t made your Christmas Cake and Christmas Puddings yet then tomorrow would be a good day for it. Many cooks would argue that a good pudding really needs longer to mature so every day counts now.
I love the idea that years ago, long before Christmas cards and decorations were on sale in the store in September, Stir Up Sunday was the start of the Christmas celebrations. There is nothing like the smell of freshly grated nutmeg and spices in the kitchen followed by the smell of the cake cooking and the pudding bobbing about in the pan as they steam to really make it feel like Christmas. I don’t know what the weather has been like where you live but here in Norfolk the fog has hardly lifted all day and I relish the thought of spending Sunday in a nice warm kitchen preparing for Christmas with the Archer omnibus on in the background.
Whatever you are doing I hope you have a lovely weekend.