Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Christmas pudding anyone?
An old tradition says that a true Christmas pudding must be made of exactly thirteen ingredients, to represent Christ and his twelve disciples. Later in history, a charm such as a silver sixpence, was added to make it fourteen ingredients (as 13 was considered unlucky) which is why the charm itself is good luck to whoever finds it in his or her portion of pud.
The Victorians added many more silver charms to the mixture, each with their own special meaning. Find a ring in your portion, and you'd find a sweetheart. Find an old thimble, and you'd remain an old maid!
Taken from The Truth About Christmas by Philip Ardagh.