The fifth Sunday before Christmas1, has in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer the following collect:
“Stir up we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people…”
Consequently, it has become the day on which people “stir up” their Christmas puddings and Christmas cakes. It allows just enough time for the cakes and puddings to age and be ready for the big day.
Today is also the Sunday before Advent starts, or the 25th Sunday after Trinity ↩