What is “wassailing?”
– Drinking a special mulled ale from huge bowls
– Singing Christmas carols outside people’s homes
– Making a toast to the health of the host at dinner
– Carrying a bowl of wine around a home to bless it
“Wassail,” which translates to “good health,” rose from the phrase “waes hael” in the Anglo-Saxon dialect. Traditional wassail consists of mulled ale with roasted apples, cloves, eggs, ginger, curdled cream, nutmeg and sugar. Served from huge silver or pewter bowls, it was a favorite on New Year’s Eve but some enjoyed wassail throughout the 12 days of Christmas. Wassail was also known as “Lamb’s Wool,” because the roasted apple pulp looked like tufts of lamb’s wool. Source: WhyChristmas.com
Drinking a special mulled ale from huge bowls
Wassail is a beverage of hot mulled cider, drunk traditionally as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval Christmastide English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.