Either way it undoubtedly creates a spectacular display as the pudding is ceremoniously carried to the Christmas table.
When making the Christmas pudding, it was traditional to include a silver coin in the mixture. In times gone by, this would have been a sixpence – the modern day equivalent is a five pence piece. Whoever found the coin was guaranteed good luck in the coming year. Sometimes other items, or favours, were also added. Finding a button or thimble in the pudding meant you would remain single for another year, while discovering a ring promised marriage or wealth.
For even more good luck, each member of the family should take a turn to mix the pudding, making a wish as they do so – and making sure to stir from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men who visited the baby Jesus.
Christmas puddings are traditionally made on Stir-up Sunday – the last Sunday before Advent. But don't worry if you missed the boat for making yours this year – we've found seven delicious puddings that will create the perfect finale for your festive feast.