it is the custom, in the cider districts of Sussex, to wassail the apple trees
Imagine what it would be like doing business if your operation was designed to be an authentic historical recreation, down to the beverage menu that greeted customers with such obscure offerings as shrub, nog and wassail .
a mighty bowl of wassail in which the apples were hissing and bubbling
Trust me when I say that those of you drinking wassail made only from apple juice, or having a fruitcake that hasn't been drowned in brandy are missing out on something exquisite.
It just goes to show that for all the Falstaffian wassail , there's nothing quite like a gory shank from nave to chaps to get the punters in.
Last week the news item about the forthcoming wassail on this Wednesday, December 12, said that Warrenpoint Town Hall was the venue.
Over the centuries, various ceremonies and rituals developed around the tradition of drinking wassail .
They were made from c. 1660 but were probably intended for punch or wassail like their treen counterparts.
Snuggled away in other cottages, you'll find chestnut sellers and storytellers, mummers and madrigal singers - to really get into the spirit of the thing, you could wassail your way from door to door.
They put away their coats and sat in the living room sipping wassail .