Hattingdon® Christmas Hat Countdown — #2

The Hattingdon® Christmas hat countdown continues with the #2 top seller from 2015. This hat was inspired by something from my native land and a Christmas tradition of long standing.

When I created this hat we named it Penelope but hardly anyone called it that or even Penny. We referred to it as Plum and has stuck to this day.

We didn’t called the design Plum because of its color. Plum is short for plum pudding. Plum pudding is a dessert enjoyed at Christmas in the UK.

The Plum hat is a novelty Christmas hat designed to look like a plum pudding in shape and color. The top of the hat is adorned with lashings of cream and decorated with what else, but holly (if you want to know about holly and it Christmas connection do we have a post for you).

Here. Feast your eyes on our delicious Plum!

Plum Hattingdon. ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
Plum Pudding (Penelope).

The Why Christmas website gives us the history of the plum pudding and why we (mostly Brits) eat it at Christmas.

“Christmas (or Plum) Pudding is the traditional end to the British Christmas dinner. But what we think of as Christmas Pudding, is not what it was originally like!

“Christmas pudding originated as a 14th century porridge called ‘frumenty’ that was made of beef and mutton with raisins, currants, prunes, wines and spices. This would often be more like soup and was eaten as a fasting meal in preparation for the Christmas festivities.

“By 1595, frumenty was slowly changing into a plum pudding, having been thickened with eggs, breadcrumbs, dried fruit and given more flavour with the addition of beer and spirits. It became the customary Christmas dessert around 1650, but in 1664 the Puritans banned it as a bad custom.

“In 1714, King George I re-established it as part of the Christmas meal, having tasted and enjoyed Plum Pudding. By Victorian times, Christmas Puddings had changed into something similar to the ones that are eaten today.”

“Over the years, many superstitions have surrounded Christmas Puddings. One superstition says that the pudding should be made with 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and His Disciples and that every member of the family should take turns to stir the pudding with a wooden spoon from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men.

“Over the years, many superstitions have surrounded Christmas Puddings. One superstition says that the pudding should be made with 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and His Disciples and that every member of the family should take turns to stir the pudding with a wooden spoon from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men.” Read more here.

Wow, we are now one away from revealing the #1 Christmas hat of 2015.

I don’t know about you but I have really enjoyed this top ten countdown of Hattingdon’s Christmas hats. And we are learning some fun facts too.

Like the #2 and #3 hats, the #1 hat features an embellishment that is also closely associated with Christmas

So, do you think you know which one it is? Be sure to check in tomorrow to find out.

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