This coming Sunday, 22nd November, is what is traditionally
known as ‘Stir it up Sunday’. This is
the name given to the last Sunday before advent begins and apparently the name
comes from a prayer for the day which begins ‘Stir up, we beseech thee’ (thanks
Elspeth Thompson’s The Wonderful Weekend
Book for that tidbit of
information). However, this is also
customarily the day to make Christmas cake, so I like to think that the ‘Stir
it up’ name is as much linked to the baking action as the church liturgy. Am sure the coincidence is no accident!
This year will be the first time that I’ve observed this
seasonal ritual and I will be attempting to make a Christmas cake. I’ve always wanted to do this and when
mapping out themes for The Fourth Quarter
it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.
Alas I’m already busy on Sunday itself so it’ll be ‘Stir it up Saturday’
for me – and I’m inviting you to join me!
Whether it’s Saturday or Sunday or any other day of the week ahead, why
don’t you stir it up too?
You can be literal about the theme and make some kind of
baked goods that need stirring – whether that is a Christmas cake or another
creation. Or you could interpret ‘stir
it up’ more broadly. Where in your life
could things do with mixing up a bit?
Think about your life in terms of a recipe. What ingredients do you have? What is missing? Where can you get those items from?
What about the ratios between different ingredients? Maybe you’ve got all the necessary elements
but the proportions don’t make for an appetising whole. What changes do you need to make?
Or is there one specific area where things need stirring
up? What’s the wooden spoon that you
could use to do that?
Whichever you choose, whether stirring literally or
metaphorically, don’t forget to make a wish!
This is central element of the ‘Stir it up’ tradition, with whoever
helps to mix the ingredients getting to make a wish. May all of our stir it up wishes come true,
whatever form they take.
Also don’t forget to share your reflections on this week’s
theme, including any pictures or thoughts about stirring it up, either via the A Life Of One’s Own
Facebook page or using the hashtag #fourthquarter2015 on Instagram and/or