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.


Love, Simon

I like watching films and Love, Simon is the best one I have ever watched. It was filmed in the US in 2018 and it is a romantic drama/comedy that lasts 110 minutes. Love Simon was written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, and directed by Greg Berlanti. It premiered on 27 February, 2018 and critics said that it is a sweet film. What is notable about this film is that it features a gay romance and that it was produced by a major Hollywood studio. The film stars are Nick Robisnon, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford and Keiynan Longsdale.

Love, Simon is based on the novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertratti. It is about  teenager Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), a gay high school boy who tries to balance his friends and family, and his secret. He has not told anyone that he is gay, but one day an anonymous person with the nickname Blue sends Simon a text saying that he is gay. Simon then makes a decision to reply with an email. Blue and Simon continue having conversations without using their real names.

One day, one of Simon’s classmates sees his emails, discovers Simon’s secret and threatens to tell the entire school about it, unless Simon helps him with a girl. Simon tries to balance everything, all while trying to discover the true identity of the anonymous person, who he has fallen in love with online.

The film has a nice soundtrack and some are my favourite songs, like “Rollercoaster” by Bleachers, are also featured. I believe Love, Simon is a nice film because it has an intriguing plot a perfect cast. It also communicates a valuable social message. I recommend it to you and I am sure you will love it!