The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #166986   Message #4026211
Posted By: GUEST
03-Jan-20 - 05:09 PM
Thread Name: Anyone wassailing this Christmas?
Subject: RE: Anyone wassailing this Christmas?
The Hastings Howl takes place every year between Christmas and New Year in Sussex. The group of Howlers (there were 26 this year) go door to door and sing outside and inside houses where we are welcomed in and offered warm spiced cider, ale or wine plus a few spirits! We sing to to the apple tree in the gardens, make some loud noises to scare bad spirits from the tree we toast the health of the tree, pour a little cider on the roots. we pass round a wassail bowl with the Wassail! Drink Hail! salutation and shout 3 cheers to the hosts before moving on.
Tomorrow we (Rattlebag) are wassailing the Apple Tree in the pub garden/ 'orchard' at The Stag Inn, Hastings Old Town in the evening. We are also giving a little talk about the History of the Wassail tomorrow 4-5pm, in The Stag. 4th Jan 2019