Wassailing

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Friday 16 December 2005 7.57am
I think I stumbled across some wassailing action last night. It was going on inside and on the pavement outside The bunch of Grapes and it seemed a good time was being had by all.

Was anyone involved and can you confirm it was indeed wassailing?

[Amongst the participants were St George (Hurrah!) and a black horse.]
Friday 16 December 2005 9.03am
Well, well, well.

It wouldn't have been wassailing as we know it (because that happens on 12th night or thereabouts), but it sounds interesting.

Anyone?

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Friday 16 December 2005 11.01am
What is wassailing?
ADT
Friday 16 December 2005 1.53pm
http://www.dict.org/bin/Dict?Form=Dict2&Database=*&Query=wassail

has various definitions for wassail.

There were some people carol singing in Trinity Church Square last night, which added a pleasant bit of Christmas cheer to that part of our walk home from work.
Friday 16 December 2005 1.59pm
It's a traditional thing in cider growing areas where, on 12th night, people go into the orchards with sticks, pans, musical instruments, guns, anything to make a noise basically. The noise is to scare off bad spirits/wake the good spirits in the trees all in the cause of getting a good crop the next year.

There are traditional wassailing songs that are sung (slightly different in different areas), and you drink cider and put a piece of toast, soaked in cider (sometimes beer, but frankly that seems daft because beer doesn't grow on trees) into the branches of one/some of the trees.

It sounds like you need to make some cider, SE1doner....

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