Superstitions and why we have them – Christmas puddings

The superstition that Christmas pudding should be stirred from east to west and by every member of the household has largely been supplanted by the belief hat it is easier to buy one from the supermarket. However, there could be a problem if the household includes an unmarried woman. Because the pudding has been bought, she will not get her turn at stirring, and superstition dictates that if she does not stir a pudding at all, she will not be wearing a bridal veil for at least another year.

One superstition which has survived, at least among home-made puddings, is that a silver coin cooked in the mix will bestow luck on the person whose serving of the pudding contains the coin.

Published by Exisle Publishing

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Max Cryer

Max Cryer is well known for his books on language and other subjects. In a long career, he has been a teacher, television host and m.c. as well as a performer on the opera stage in London and in cabaret in Las Vegas and Hollywood. He is now a full-time writer.