Hurrah! It’s Stir-up Sunday!
You’ve been lovingly soaking your mixed fruit for the best part of the year with rum, brandy or whiskey; and today’s the day, you can crack on with your Christmas cakes or Christmas puddings.
Mrs Cratchit entered, flushed, but smiling proudly, with the pudding like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top.
– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.