The last Sunday before Advent is when the vicar recites the words of the collect "Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people" This is the cue that Christmas is only a few weeks away and it is time to make the pudding. Of course nowadays the supermarkets have been reminding us that the Festive season is drawing closer for weeks and weeks!
So, traditionally families would gather together to make the Christmas pudding, each taking a turn to stir the mixture and make a wish. In times gone by a silver sixpence was added to the mix with the hope that it would bring good fortune to whoever found it in the pudding bowl. Nowadays of course, Health & Safety would have a field day with that concept!