November 19, 2018
The beautiful scents of candied orange peel and nutmeg wafting from the kitchen should make the house begin to feel Christmassy this weekend (I’m sure there’s a scented candle available if you’re not one for baking yourself).
Sunday 25th November this year sees us celebrating ‘Stir Up Sunday’ in many households across the UK (and further afield). You may well be asking yourself, “What’s that?”, well, read on my friends!
Dating back to Victorian Christmas traditions, the final Sunday before advent was a time for stirring the Christmas pudding and making a special wish for the year ahead. Typically, a coin or other lucky charm was added to the mix for a recipient to find on Christmas day (modern day health and safety warning: please be careful not to choke! Victorians liked to live on the edge).
It’s a great excuse to get the children in the kitchen and have a lovely Christmassy afternoon together, teaching them how to bake and taking it in turns to make a magical wish whilst stirring the ingredients. Tradition dictates that you stir from East to West in celebration of the wise men visiting Jesus (if you can remember which way is which… if in doubt just stir it both ways for good measure!).
This year, it falls exactly 1 month before Christmas day so it’s a great start to the festivities and makes the house smell divine ready for the start of advent!
So, what do you need to get started?
Obviously, you’ll need all the usual ingredients (often found in the depths of the cupboard but make sure to check the date… it’s probably been a while since you last used that bag of raisins), mixing bowls, and so forth. But, most importantly, you’ll need an extra special spoon because, let’s face it, no ordinary spoon is going to cut the mustard when it comes to granting those Christmas wishes.
These bespoke ‘Make a Wish’ wooden spoons are ideal, they’re made with love by a small team of Betsy elves in Cheltenham and can be used each and every year to make those extra special Christmas wishes.
If you order our Legendary Christmas Dinner Apron, an ideal way to prevent any nasty messes during prep for the big Christmas lunch, we’re including a free ‘Make a Wish’ Spoon for the rest of this week! The apron and spoon make a lovely Christmas gift combination for the foodie of the family.
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April 15, 2020
We thought for a long time about whether to have a break, how that would look, what kind of business we would come back to if we did and what our impact is on the other businesses we work with and our customers.