Wassailing

wassail
ˈwɒseɪl,ˈwɒs(ə)l,ˈwa-/
archaic
verb
gerund or present participle: wassailing
  1. 1.
    drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.
    “he feasted and wassailed with his warriors”
  2. 2.
    go from house to house at Christmas singing carols.
    “here we go a-wassailing”

Wassailing is an English  pagan festival which involves singing to apple trees in orchards and pouring cider on the trees  roots in the hope of getting an excellent harvest the following year.

The wordwassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon toast Wæs þu hæl, meaning “be thou hale”—i.e., “be in good health”. Thus wassailing likely predates the Norman conquest in 1066.

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