Why do we put coins into our Christ­mas puds on Stir-up Sun­day? Twenty pen­nies for your thoughts…

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The last Sun­day be­fore Ad­vent is ‘Stir-up Sun­day’, the day that tra­di­tion­ally Christ­mas pud­dings are made (25 Novem­ber this year). The name sounds self- ex­plana­tory, but in fact comes from a line from the Book Of Com­mon Prayer, used in Angli­can churches on that Sun­day: “Stir up, we be­seech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faith­ful peo­ple.” It’s thought coins started be­ing dropped into the mix in Vic­to­rian times, but it’s based on a much older tra­di­tion. When Twelfth Night was a big oc­ca­sion, a dried pea and bean would be baked into a Twelfth Night Cake. The fin­ders would be­come king or queen of that even­ing’s rev­el­leries. In France, you’ll still find a dried bean in a Galette Des Rois, eaten on Twelfth Night. Other sil­ver to­kens dropped in range from a wish­bone for luck or a ring for mar­riage. Just look be­fore you tuck in, or it could bring more bad luck than good.

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