If anyone has been out a-caroling yet this season, it's likely you have encountered the curious "figgy pudding" line in "We Wish You A Merry Christmas". I cannot tell you how many times I've sung that little phrase while simultaneously wondering:
What the H-E-doublecandycanes is a figgy pudding?
So this year I did some research. Found this article. From here on out we can all hopefully sing a little easier.
NPR, All Things Considered: Now, You Can Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding
Now...howz about that "cup of good cheer"?