Ricky writes a little bit about Wassail and Wassailing and shares a bit of music as well.
As is often the case during festive occasions such as Christmas, the holiday spirit seemed to make rich folk a bit more benevolent than usual. Small groups of beggars and orphans would dance through the snowy streets of England singing songs of good cheer. Supposedly, good fortune would come to the master of the house if he would share a drink from his wassail bowl. Often the master would offer a penny, a bite of pork pie, or allow the children to stand beside the warm hearth. The wassail bowl itself was a hearty combination of hot ale or beer and spices and mead, just alcoholic enough to warm the tingling toes and fingers of the singers. The word "Wassail" means good health.
Let's have a Wassail! Here's to health! Enjoy the video of Here We Come A Wassailing.