This Sunday is often colloquially called “Stir Up” Sunday. The source of this name is twofold: the collect of the day begins with the words “Stir Up” and the day is often chosen by families to start their preparations for Christmas by starting their Christmas cake. Starting on the cake before advent gives the flavours time to blend and age before eating at Christmas. Everyone in the family takes part in stirring the cake and makes a wish while stirring. Those stirring are careful to stir from east to west, to remember the direction the Magi travelled to reach Bethlehem. The content of the cake, including several types of fruit, is a reminder of the “ fruit of good works” from the collect. To celebrate Stir Up Sunday, St. Luke's parishioners stirred up a cake which will be baked and served on Christmas Eve.