Monday, December 23, 2013

Hooray for Christmas Plum Pudding

I've heard of Christmas plum pudding my whole life.  One can find it in early fiction and of course, on movies such as Scrooge.  I've always wanted to taste it.  The pudding that young man is decorating with holly seems quite huge.

I did some research to find out what plum pudding actually is--According to the Oxford Dictionary the pudding originated in Britain and is a "rich boiled pudding made with flour, suet and dried fruit." The pudding itself takes hours to cook and then it is usually served still flaming hot or actually flaming.  Sounds so intriguing.

A charming tradition concerning plum pudding is that anyone who takes a turn stirring the batter can make a wish.  I'm wondering if some very smart Mom started this tradition to get help from her kids.  (grin) According to another legend, a coin was dropped into the batter before baking.  Good fortune was said to follow the person who found the coin in their bit of Christmas pudding.

A day of joy,
A year of pleasure
Smiles without stint
Mirth without measure.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, dear friends!

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