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Mince Pies and Pudding- Christmas Traditions

December 23, 2010

More Christmas traditions with origins in history – Mince Pies and Christmas Pudding 


        Suzi Love

Mince Pies

They were originally filled with meat, such as lamb, rather than dried fruit, and were in an oval shape to represent the manger that Jesus slept in as a baby, with the top representing his swaddling clothes. A middle age’s custom was that if you ate a mince pie every day from Christmas to Twelfth Night (6th January) you’d have happiness for the next 12 months.

Christmas pudding

 It originated as a 14th century porridge called ‘frumenty’ , made of beef and mutton with raisins, currants, prunes, wines and spices. Often more like soup, it was eaten as a fasting meal in preparation for Christmas festivities. 

By 1595, frumenty changed into a plum pudding thickened with eggs, breadcrumbs, dried fruit and flavoured with beer and spirits. It became the customary Christmas dessert around 1650, but in 1664 the Puritans banned it as a bad custom. In 1714, King George I re-established it as part of the Christmas meal, having tasted and enjoyed Plum Pudding.

By Victorian times, Christmas Puddings had changed into something like the ones we eat now.

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