British Traditions: Stir-up Sunday

That’s when the Brits make their Christmas pudding!

It’s five Sundays before Christmas, which means it’s on a different date every year.
This year, Christmas is on a Tuesday so if we count five Sundays backwards, that’s 25th November!

The British prepare their Christmas pudding on Stir-up Sunday and eat it on Christmas Day, on the 25th December, one month later!

A traditional Christmas pudding must contain thirteen ingredients to represent Jesus and his Disciples. Some of these ingredients
are: flour, sugar, eggs, lemon and orange, sultanas, dried fruit, milk, cinnamon, butter, brown beer, and some brandy or rum!

They mix all the ingredients together and finally, they add a coin! Of course, the coin is not to be eaten, but if you find it in your pudding, it’s good luck. When all the ingredients are in, everyone in the family stirs the pudding and makes a wish.

Christmas pudding can be stored for up to three months, so when it is ready, they put it away and wait for Christmas Day to eat it.


A book that you should read

What would happen if you had to hide something to save it? The Book Thief is a book that explores exactly that concept and there is also a movie adaptation that is based on the book.

Written by Markus Zusak, the book focuses on Liesel, a young girl. Having lost her family, the only thing that Liesel holds in her hands is a stolen handbook of a hijacker, which she cannot even read, since she does not know how to read or write.

Liesel begins to steal books that the Nazis want to burn and destroy. She later bonds with Hans, her foster father, who teaches her how to read and write. As she keeps stealing books from the Nazis, she begins to understand the power of language and she goes on to write her own story as well.

With bombs constantly dropping and the sirens of war are wailing, Liesel shares her books with her neighbours and finds comfort in reading them. But one day the sirens are slow to sound…

I like the book because it is moving and it keeps you hooked all the time. I also like the characters and their well-written personalities. I recommend this book to teenagers, because it can teach them a lot about the value of knowledge and love. The Book Thief is definitely a book you should read!