Stir-up Sunday stuff-up pudding rescue

Stir-up Sunday stuff up

Stir-up Sunday, the last Sunday of the Catholic and Anglican liturgical year, is a traditional day for making Christmas puddings. It gets its informal name from the first prayer of the liturgy, which begins, ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people‘. 

Not exactly sticklers for conforming to the traditions of others, our family usually has the puddings soaked in brandy and finished by October at the latest.

However, as some readers of my posts will know, this has not been a good year for my family. October came and went. We felt no urgent need to do things that took effort. Eventually, Claire-Helen, my oldest granddaughter, and I decided we needed to make more effort. The puddings had to be made even if it meant with less ceremony than usual.

Not Stir-up Sunday

I got the date wrong by a week, but it didn’t seem to matter to the smaller-than-usual group that came to our place for breakfast last Sunday. With so little notice, people already had plans in place for other activities. 

We enjoyed a simple breakfast then got to work. Below are some photos of the day.

beaters on Stir-up Sunday

Some of the stirrers, making a wish as they stirred the pudding mixture and made a wish.

lara on Stir-up Sunday
Peter
Elliot and Jane
The matriarch

The puddings are beautiful. We will share them and be grateful on Christmas Day. Next year, we’ll be organised. Already we’ve added the date for this annual family ritual to our diaries – the first Saturday of the October school holidays. That way, there’ll be no conflicting children’s activities.

Here are a couple more blogs about Christmas:

Christmas pudding making event

Advent – Time of preparation for Christmas

Christmas wishes

I wish you all a very happy Christmas. May the joy of this important season permeate your lives. For those families separated from your loved ones, as we are from Louisa in the Australian Capital Territory this year, may 2022 bring many happy reunions.

Holiday break

This is the end of eight years of my blogging adventures, and we are taking a break, my blog and I, until the New Year. I hope to be back in 2022 with more  ‘How to be eighty’. Thank you for being such regular readers. I appreciate your interest.

 

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  1. Another great ‘stir up’ Maureen. I’ve always been jealous when you have told me of your family ‘stir ups’. But something I have always wondered – who gets to eat the beautiful puddings? And how many puddings?

    We shall all look forward to your blogs in the new year. And thank you for all that you share and give us – a very happy Christmas to you and John and your large family. Xxx

    1. Thank you, for your lovely comments about my blog, Elizabeth.

      I feel very blessed to have these traditions to look forward to no matter what else is happening in our world. We make two puddings because the ‘recipe’ (a very loose word for what we use) is big. The large pudding fits into a pudding bowl that in turns fits into an enormous pot. The smaller one takes the mixture left over.

      Our Christmas lunch is also traditional, and has been part of our lives since 1974 or 1975. Until I married John, it was always at my house, but then my children began to offer to host it at their places, and we rotate around. Everyone in the family knows it will happen and they will be welcome. The place is usually arranged early in the year, if not the previous Christmas Day. This year it is at the home of my son and daughter-in-law, Janet who are always very generous with offering.

      No one feels they have to be there if they have a different, or God forbid, a better offer, or if they don’t want to celebrate that year. I missed the year I was in Jigalong. People go to their in-laws, to the country, overseas. But the invitation is always open if they are in Perth and want to be there. If they are not there, they are sorely missed! Everyone knows they can bring a friend or two, or perhaps someone they know who wants to spend Christmas with a family. No rules. Numbers fluctuate up to around 30.

      Have a very happy Christmas!

  2. Ours is the tradition of stirring the Christmas Cake in mid November, though my mum would have organised it in October!

    Enjoy the puddings on Christmas Day and enjoy your blogging break. Happy Christmas to you both. xx

    1. I too make a cake, Sue, but do not share it the way the puddings are shared. Traditionally, my cake has been cut after Midnight Mass, but in the last few years I’ve stopped going at Midnight, and go to the vigil Mass early in the evening. The cake still gets cut when wee get home.

      Enjoy your Christmas also, with your family. I do hope to read about how you celebrate on your blog.

  3. Splendid that you and your eldest Granddaughter Claire-Helen, formed a team to schedule this very happy occasion Maureen Helen. What a wonderful time for all of those who could join in and I am certain the Great great grandies will look forward to the BIG STIR again next year, so it’s great you have it in your diary already Maureen.
    Thanks for being you Maureen Helen and for sharing with us so many different experiences this year. You inform us, teach us and share your own learning too. We all have ups and downs along the way, but I wish for you next year Maureen, for it to be filled with many, many WONDERFUL ups 🙂 xx Tricia

    1. Hi, Tricia. Thank you for your kind comments about my writing and my blog. Thank you, also for your lovely wishes for 2022. I’m sure it will be filled with wonderful ups.

      Yes, I think Claire-Helen and I may be the mainstays in this tradition now, and I know it will be in the capable hands of my granddaughters when I am no longer around to supervise!

      Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

  4. Lovely to hear your family tradition. May you and your family be specially blessed this Christmas

    1. Thank you for reading my blog, and for your kind wishes. May you and your family, also, be blessed this Christmas.

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