Don’t Bring Us the Figgy Pudding!
December 09, 2013
We have all heard the Christmas song, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” In several verses, you sing about figgy pudding. So, what is figgy pudding? It is a thick, heavy, cake-like Christmas, dessert popular in 19th century England.
Growing up, my family ate Christmas pudding, which is also known as plum pudding or figgy pudding. I don’t have my mom’s recipe, but I do remember that it took a long time to make. She would let it sit overnight or even place it in a cloth bag and hang it for several days from a hook. My mother would put coins into the pudding, and our family would try to eat as much pudding as they could to find the money. The most sought after prize was a silver dollar. It always seemed like my older brother would out eat all of us and find the most money. Some other traditional items that can be hidden in the puddings are a tiny wishbone for luck, a thimble for thrift, and an anchor for safe harbor.
After I got married, we spent the holidays with other family and generally ate pies. When we began having our own family Christmas meals, I tried to serve pudding to my family and was met with some resistance. My kids have changed the lyrics to “don’t bring us the figgy pudding” or “we will go if we get some.” Fortunately, we have some other family traditions they enjoy and will pass down to their children.
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