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Bachelor’s Button

a button in a Christmas pudding

TRANSLATION

Bachelor’s Button = “Junggesellen-Knopf”

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“A button hidden in a Christmas pudding is a bitter pill if found by a single man”

The Crazy Christmas Chronicles

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Bachelor’s Button
noun phrase

- a button hidden in a Christmas pudding and symbolising no marriage for the coming year if found by a single man

- Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe.


The Strange Traditions of Christmas Puddings

Many superstitions evolved around Christmas Puddings which originated in the 14th century.

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. The Sunday before Advent Sunday is thus sometimes known as 'Stir-up Sunday'.

Putting a coin in the pudding is another age-old custom that is said to bring luck to the person that finds it. In the UK, the coin traditionally used was a silver farthing or penny. After WW1 it became a threepenny bit and then a sixpence.

Items (sometimes called 'tokens' or 'favours') placed in Christmas puddings are meant to predict the future:

- Old Maid's Thimble: if found by a single woman, she would stay single for the following year.

- A Ring: if found by a single person, s/he would get married in the following year!

- Bachelor's Button: if found by a single man, he would be stay single for the following year.

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