Stover Stir Up Week
This week, in the Food and Nutrition department, all the KS3 pupils have been making a traditional Christmas pudding.
Stir Up Sunday is a tradition that harks back to Victorian times when the family would gather together to stir the Christmas pudding five weeks before Christmas.
- Christmas pudding would traditionally contain 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his disciples.
- It is traditionally stirred (while making a wish) by each member of the family from East to West, to remember the Wise Men that visited Jesus in the Nativity Story.
- The customary garnish of holly represented the crown of thorns. Be warned: the holly berry is very toxic, so instead adorn your Christmas pud with fake foliage!
- Adding coins, originally charms, to the pud was said to bring luck if you found them in your portion on Christmas Day. The traditional lucky charms were a silver coin for wealth, a wishbone for luck, a thimble for thrift, a ring for marriage, and an anchor for safe harbour. Biting down on such a thing would surely cause a trip to the dentist with a cracked tooth, so we don’t recommend this.
Why not try to make a Christmas pudding this weekend?