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December Food Song of the Month: We Wish You A Merry Christmas

What’s figgy pudding? The Food Song of the Month is “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” While it’s late in the month, it seems appropriate since the holiday is almost upon us. The song dates back to to 16th century England. Historically, this was sung last by carolers because it makes mention of the new year. It goes back to the days when the wealthy would give out figgy pudding to the presumably poorer carolers. Hence, the following, vaguely threatening lines:

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer
We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here

Figgy pudding is a streamed pudding with a consistency more akin to cake. In addition to figs, other dried fruits like raisins are sometimes added along with rum. It’s also known as Christmas pudding. Here is a link from NPR on how to make it. Have any of you tried this dessert before?

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