Flaming Christmas puddings followed the turkey. Percy nearly broke his teeth on a silver sickle embedded in his slice (PS12).
A Christmas Pudding (Plum Pudding) is a rich dried fruit, suet/cake mixture that is steamed and traditionally served at Christmas.
Christmas pudding is usually served with brandy butter, or doused with brandy and lit at the table (hence the flaming). Traditionally, a sixpence (2.5p) was hidden in the pudding, and whoever got the piece containing it could make a wish. These days, a 5p, 10p or 20p piece may be used.