Stir-up Sunday is traditionally the last Sunday of November, after which the church enters the season of Advent (for four weeks) and then Christmas.
The name Stir-up Sunday comes from the ancient collect (prayer) set for the day:
Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The story is that any household cooks in the congregation would hear the words “stir up” and be reminded that it was time to prepare and store the Christmas Pudding. Traditional recipes call for several weeks’ maturation to allow all the flavours of the pudding to mix harmoniously.
Nowadays, the last Sunday of November is usually celebrated as ‘Christ the King’. But don’t you think Stir-up Sunday sounds a little more fun?