This event is the last Sunday before advent and is traditionally the day on
which Noah entered the Ark.
The collect from the Church of England begins " Stir, we beseech you, O Lord, the
will of the faithful people..."
This was always taken as a reminder to 'stir up' the mixture for the
Christmas pudding and pies.
" Stir up we beseech thee
The pudding in the pot
And when we do get home
We'll eat it piping hot."
Sorry this little gem is a bit late if you are intending to make Christmas
pudding, if you do get round to it remember that the mixture must be stirred
clockwise with a wooden spoon. All present must take a turn and make a wish.