How to Draw a Christmas Pudding

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"Good tidings we bring to you and your kin. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some 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 it right here."
- "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," traditional Christmas song

Christmas pudding, also called plum pudding or figgy pudding, is a traditional holiday desert, especially in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The term "plum" was used loosely to describe any dried fruit. The rich dish is typically made of fruit, animal fat, flour, and sugar, boiled in a bag.

It is soaked in alcohol and allowed to mature for days, weeks, or sometimes up to a year before being served on the holiday table.

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Did you know? Christmas pudding actually has roots in medieval sausages, not sweets. Hundreds of years ago, meat, grains, fat, spices, and fruits were all packed together in sausage casings to help preserve the food as long as possible.

By the end of the 1500s, however, dried fruits became more plentiful and such "puddings" or "pottage" became sweeter. The sausage casing was also replaced with a floured cloth.

Another interesting point in the history of plum pudding occurred in 1647, when Oliver Cromwell came to power in England.

Plum pudding was banned, along with other Christmas traditions including yule logs, Christmas carols, and nativity scenes. Why? "To Cromwell and his Puritan associates, such merry-making smacked of Druidic paganism" and idolatrous traditions.

Would you like to draw a tasty Christmas pudding? This easy, step-by-step cartoon food drawing tutorial can show you how.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding drawing - step 1
How to Draw Christmas Pudding: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a long, curved line like a toppled "C." This will form the bottom of the gumdrop-shaped pudding.

Christmas Pudding drawing - step 2
How to Draw Christmas Pudding: Step 2

2. Draw a long curved line over the top of the first. The lines should connect on both ends, forming a rounded triangular shape.

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Christmas Pudding drawing - step 3
How to Draw Christmas Pudding: Step 3

3. Draw a long wavy line across the front of the pudding. This represents the dripping icing, brandy, or butter sauce poured on top of the pudding.

Christmas Pudding drawing - step 4
How to Draw Christmas Pudding: Step 4

4. Erase the previous top of the pudding above the wavy line. Replace it with another curved line, evening up the mound of icing.

Christmas Pudding drawing - step 5
How to Draw Christmas Pudding: Step 5

5. Draw three holly berries on top of the pudding. Use a curved line to enclose each round shape. Placing holly on top became a tradition during the Victorian era; another tradition involved dousing the pudding with alcohol and setting it on fire!

Christmas Pudding drawing - step 6
How to Draw Christmas Pudding: Step 6

6. Next, draw the first of the holly leaves. Use a series of curved lines that meet at points to outline the prickly leaf. Then, draw a curved line down the center to indicate the central leaf vein.

Christmas Pudding drawing - step 7
How to Draw Christmas Pudding: Step 7

7. Draw a second holly leaf. Again, use a series of curved lines that meet at points to outline the prickly leaf. Then, draw a curved line down the center to indicate the central leaf vein.

Christmas Pudding drawing - step 8
How to Draw Christmas Pudding: Step 8

8. Draw a third holly leaf. Use a series of curved lines that meet at points to outline the prickly leaf. Then, draw a curved line down the center to indicate the central leaf vein. Erase overlapping lines as necessary.

Christmas Pudding drawing - step 9
How to Draw Christmas Pudding: Step 9

9. Texture the side of the pudding with curved "C" shaped lines and small ovals. These indicate the raisins and other fruits found within the pudding.

Complete Christmas Pudding drawing
How to Draw Christmas Pudding: Step 10

Color your cartoon pudding. Christmas puddings are often dark brown or black due to the rich ingredients.

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