Tomorrow, 22 November is Stir-up Sunday, the last Sunday before the start of Advent. This is traditionally the day when Christmas puddings are made. I don’t make a Christmas pudding because it is a lot of work and nice people in shops make delicious puddings. This is The Good Housekeeping best Christmas Pudding for 2020 .

But I do love the rituals of making an English Christmas pudding. Apparently, the ingredients should be stirred with a wooden spoon (to recall the wooden manger), in a sunwise (clockwise) direction retracing the route of the three Kings. Each person in the household should take a turn to stir the pudding. Then add the charms.

My Grandmother always made a Christmas pudding, but we ate the pudding from the previous year, because an older pudding is supposed to taste better. She added a silver sixpence to our pudding; the person who found it would enjoy wealth in the new year.

You can buy a 2020 silver sixpence from the Royal Mint (make sure the sixpence is really silver, not mixed with an alloy that could contaminate your pudding. Sixpences before 1920 are silver.)

Once the pudding is cooked and turned out of its basin, decorated with holly and doused in brandy or rum, it is ceremoniously brought to the table and greeted with a round of applause.