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GUEST,Barrie Roberts Folklore: Stupid Question but what is Wassail (53* d) RE: What is a wassail/wassailing? 20 Dec 04


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.


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