'Stir up we beseech thee, O lord the wills of thy faithful people; that they , plenteously bring forth the fruit of good works ......"
This from the Book of Common Prayer , is an invitation for Stir-up Sunday ; which is today. It is the traditional day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas Pudding , whilst making a wish.
It should be stirred from East to West in honour of the three Wise Men who visited the baby Jesus.
It was at this time that a coin was added to the ingredients in order to bring wealth to whoever found it on their dish on Christmas Day.
May all your puddings rise and bring you good luck and cheer in the new year.
To finish this theme of Christmas Food , here is a little poem , which I wrote in a card to my Late next door neighbour Jack , which listed his usual shopping requirements.
A Shopping List Christmas
It's that rind-less thyme of year,
when we have to anchor our thoughts,
chew the fat ,talk the good pork ;
making a wholemeal of it all.
So , butter up the beans ,
milk the applause and
give out your best mature cheese smile.
Seasoning Green-tings to one and all.
P.S. Would you believe it , on this day a horse called "Plum Pudding" won the 1:15 three mile handicap 'chase at Towester at the rewarding odds of 25/1 - wish I had a piece of that !