Hello, friends! MJ Stratton has written a series of Christmas stories! She's here today to share a little about Christmas pudding and the charms that are added! Why you ask? Well, she includes this lovely tradition in her new series, Catherine Called Kitty, Mary, Marry? Quite Contrary!, and Charmed.
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What is Christmas pudding, and what are the charms that were added? The Simple Things Blog says the tradition of gathering together to all have a stir of the pudding is said to have been brought to Britain by Prince Albert. A coin was dropped in before everyone took a turn at mixing and the person who unearthed the coin on Christmas day would be blessed with good fortune in the year to come, apparently.
And charms were agreed to be so charming they soon moved on from simple thrupenny bits and sixpences to include more items, each said to have a different meaning.
For the sake of my stories, I imagined that this tradition began before the 1800s.
Coin: Coming into money
Thimble: If a single woman finds it they’ll remain single another year
Horseshoe: Good luck
Ring/bell: A wedding is on the cards
Wishbone: A wish will be granted
Anchor: They will have a safe year, protected from danger