“Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.”
Wassail? What’s wassail? For most of us ‘wassail’ is a word we know from a popular Christmas carol though there’s a good chance that most of us cannot explain what it is – and with good reason, as wassail has been mostly lost to history and time.
Come with me as we step back into a Dickens novel. Let’s walk the cobblestone streets to a boisterous tavern somewhere in 19th century England and partake in the merrymaking with a mug full of hot and aromatic wassail.