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Country diary: St Dominic, Tamar Valley

The tradition of wassailing falls into two distinct categories: The House-Visiting wassail and the Orchard-Visiting wassail. House-Visiting wassail. Wassailing (today known as caroling), is the practice of people going door-to-door singing songs. In particular winter carols or wassail songs. Wassail songs are the origin of many English carols such as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.

The Holy Man wassails the Thames - Twelfth Night celebrations near The Globe, London

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Wassailing and other weird folk rituals

Wassailing and other weird folk rituals | Tom Cox, The Guardian


Apple Tree Custom Trees are Toasted with Mulled Cider While Singing a Wassail Song

Apple Tree Wassailing---English folk tradition

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Wassailing the cider orchard

The new wassail queen drinks a draught of cider. A piece of toast dipped in cider, well known as the favourite food of good spirits, is up the tree in the background.