Thursday, 30 December 2010

Wassail

Happy New Year. Years ago the head of the house would gather the family around a bowl of spiced ale called 'lamb's wool', from which he drank their healths. It was passed around with everyone saying 'wasshael' meaning to your health. Poorer people carried a bowl covered in ribbons around the streets begging for it to be filled so they could also Wassail.
Here we go a Wassailing,
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wandering,
So fair to be seen.
Love and Joy come to you,
And to your wassel to,
And may God send you a Happy New Year, Happy New Year,
Our Wassel cup is made of Rosemary tree
So is your beer of the next barley.
There will be a Wassail celebration at Hailes Fruit Farm, Winchcombe in early January. I think that The Marking the year website will have the details soon.

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