It’s not Christmas without…a sixpence in your pudding!

It’s not Christmas without spending time with family and friends passing on traditions. Stir-up Sunday is a tradition for some, which has been in the family for years, with a silver sixpence that has been passed down through generations. If the tradition of Stir-up Sunday is not one that you follow in your household then mark this year’s Stir-up Sunday as the start of a new family Christmas tradition.

Traditions shared amongst family and friends adds that extra bit of magic to your festive season, as well as coins having always had a special place at the heart of festivities. A combination of both is sure to get you feeling festive.

Stir-up Sunday is the last Sunday before Advent, and this year it falls on 26 November. Be sure to save this date in your festive diaries because it’s not Christmas without serving up a slice of good luck in your Christmas pudding. Stir-up Sunday is the perfect festive occasion to bring family and friends together, with everyone getting the opportunity to stir the mixture and make a wish. Finally the most important ingredient of all is added, the silver sixpence. It is said that if you find the sixpence on your plate come Christmas day you’ll be blessed with good luck for the year ahead. If you would like to find out more about the tradition associated with Stir-up Sunday then we have a whole blog dedicated to the tradition for you to read here.

Last year we were lucky enough to have Angela Gray give a cookery demonstration, showing everyone how to make the perfect Royal Mint Christmas pudding,  sharing tips and tricks along the way. If you haven’t felt the organised joy of getting your pud in to steam weeks ahead of the big day, then this video is sure to take the Christmas chaos felt by many away during this time of the year. Making that perfect Christmas pud couldn’t be easier!

Inspired by the video of Angela Gray? Click here to see the full recipe and make sure you have all the key ingredients for the perfect Royal Mint Christmas pudding.

Need some help along the way? Well, last year we teamed up with nine food bloggers to give you some guidance in achieving pudding perfection. Be sure to check out, Eats AmazingTaming TwinsCasa CostelloSuper Golden BakesFab Food 4 AllCharlotte’s Lively Kitchen, and Mum in the Madhouse!

If you’re already getting your mixing bowls and wooden spoons out to make that all important Christmas pud ready for the big day, make sure to share your pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #stirupsunday @RoyalMintUK and we’ll share our favourites. Don’t get into a stir if you don’t have all the essentials to make the Christmas pudding, if you’re near Llantrisant, why not visit The Royal Mint Experience’s gift shop to pick up your Stir-up Sunday bundle which includes a mixing bowl, wooden spoon, recipe card and the all important silver sixpence.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing all of your Stir-up Sunday photos! Here are some of our favourite Stir-up Sunday images from last year!

We’d love to hear all about your other Christmas traditions big or small, tell us what it wouldn’t be Christmas without on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram using #justnotchristmas.

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