This Christmas Pudding brooch is made of felt by Lexys Utopia who is based in Nantwich. Lexys specialises in making felt jewellery, mainly brooches. This particular brooch was first used as part of the TubeFlash project I did with Transport for London between 2013 and 2015. It was the brooch for Monument Tube Station.
Since starting my ‘Brooch of the Month’ blogs I have tried to find different ‘Christmas themed’ brooches and over the years there have been Snowmen, Reindeer, Skis and of course Christmas Trees. Earlier this month I was lucky enough to go up to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire where they have an annual Christmas event. The highlight for me was the display of Christmas brooches from Adam Wide’s impressive collection. Adam has been collecting Christmas brooches since 1984 and has over 8,000. In 2021 he was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of brooches. Here is Adam talking about his collection and the Chatsworth House exhibition. As Adam says, for the child in everyone of us.
Christmas Pudding is a traditional sweet desert in England and my late mother-in-law would make her own each year, my sister-in-law continues her mother’s tradition. Christmas Pudding was originally called plum pudding, this is because in the 18th century raisins were known as plums and traditional Christmas Pudding has plenty of raisins but no plums. One of the earliest recipes is in Mary Kettilby’s 1714 book ‘A Collection of above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick and Surgery’.
There is a myth dating back to medieval England which says the pudding should be made on the 25th Sunday after Trinity, be prepared with 13 ingredients to represent Christ and the 12 apostles, and that every member of the family should stir it in turn from east to west to honour the journey of the Magi. It is a romantic idea but sadly not true.
Wishing all my fellow brooch enthusiasts a Happy Christmas. There will many more brooches to come in 2024…