A Christmas Scavenger Hunt: The Legacy of Figgy Pudding
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The Legacy of Figgy Pudding
In “A Christmas Carol,” Mrs. Cratchit proudly presents her guest with Christmas pudding. This pudding is set ablaze with brandy and garnished with holly leaves.
For those of us in the United States, we may most relate figgy pudding to the song “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and the line to bring us some figgy pudding.
So what is figgy pudding? And is it a pudding?
In the United States, it is not a pudding as we know it. However, it is in the British sense of the word which means a steamed cakelike dessert.
The legend of figgy pudding dates back to at least the end of the 14th Century. During this time the pudding was a way to preserve meats for the winter months and originally called “frumenty”. This frumenty was made with beef, mutton, raisins, currants, prunes, wine, and several spice. Contrary to popular belief it never contained plums.
Over time the pudding evolved. The meats were taken out and eggs, breadcrumbs, dried fruits, and spirits were added.
Most chefs claim it is best to make the pudding in advance and allow it to mellow. The Sunday before Advent is called “Stir-up Sunday” and is the traditional time to make this decadent treat.
Another legend stated everyone in the family should stir it at least once for good luck. It is also common to include some type of token or coin in the pudding and whoever receives this item is said to receive good luck in the common year.
The name Christmas pudding first appeared in an 1858 novel by Anthony Trollope.
There is also a religious element to figgy pudding. It is believed that there are thirteen ingredients to symbolically represent Jesus and the disciples.
So, this Christmas stir-up (or purchase) some figgy pudding and read the Christmas story in Luke 1 as we remember the true meaning for the season.
While I didn’t include figgy pudding in “Carol of the Rooms,” the story follows the familiar format to “A Christmas Carol.” Terri has to face her past, present, and future to refind herself and rediscover all she allowed anger to destroy from her. All this through discovering the soundtrack of her life and experiencing a Christmas that she and those closest to her will never forget.
What are your favorite Christmas treats?
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