Day One: What in the World is Wassailing?

Wassail can actually mean a toast, a revel, or a hot, spiced punch.  It hails from an Old English phrase:  “waes hael” which means “be well.”  The lord of the manor would offer this toast and the crowd would reply, “drink and be healthy.”

There were many different recipes for the wassail, but a popular one included hot ale, roasted crab apples, sugar, spices, eggs, and cream served with little pieces of toast.  Sounds yum, right?  I found a more contemporary (an non-alcoholic) version of the wassail here.

Over time, wassailing became synonymous with caroling.  The next time you sing this famous Christmas carol, enjoy a hot cup of wassail and wish your friends and neighbors good health and happiness!

Here we come a-wassailing

Here we come a-wassailing

Among the leaves so green;

Here we come a-wand’ring

So fair to be seen.


Love and joy come to you,

And to you your wassail too;

And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year

And God send you a Happy New Year.

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