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Thread #116913   Message #1362046
Posted By: GUEST,Barrie Roberts
20-Dec-04 - 11:43 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Stupid Question but what is Wassail
Subject: RE: What is a wassail/wassailing?
In some varieties of the 'fruit tree' wassail you are supposed to fire shotguns up through the branches of the trees to keep evil spirits away! I imagine that almost anyone or anything would be driven away by a bunch of cider-sodden loonies blasting off shotguns.
Victorian writers were fond of claiming that the name of my home town --- Walsall --- was originally 'Waes Heil' or 'Wassail'. It wasn't.

Anyway, a Merry Christmas and a Happy Wassail to you all, and since December 25th is my birthday, you can take the day off.