Tuesday, December 20, 2011

An advent calendar of sorts Day 20. Wassail!

Wassail!

The greeting Wassail, derived from the Old English waes hael, meaning 'be well' wasoffered by the bearers of the wassail bowl, which was carried from house to house in English villages to spread the yuletide cheer. The bowl contained a rich, ale-based, spiced drink that was given to the householders in exchange for sweetmeats such as mince pies.

3 comments:

Sandra Davies said...

Sounds good to me, AND I made mince pies yesterday.

MorningAJ said...

I made some mincemeat yesterday. It won't have long to mature but it had lots of brandy, so I doubt if that'll matter! :)

Poohtle said...

That sounds like a good tradition. Can't make my mince pies yet as I ran out of flour!