Wassail In 5 Easy Steps.
The 5 Key Elements of Orchard Wassail As Outlined by NACM:
“The rite involves five main elements: gathering around an apple tree, singing the Wassailing song, pouring cider over the tree’s roots, loud noises and a toast.”
1 – Gather Around The Apple Tree.
2 – Sing Wassail Song(s) (There are several traditional songs & many variations).
3 – Pour Cider Over The Tree’s Roots (and place cider-toast in branches).
4 – Make Loud Noises (suggested implements: pots, pans, rattles, musicians, fireworks).
5 – TOAST! Salute the orchard, the apple, and the past & future harvest. (With cider, a Wassail bowl, or punch of your own devising).
Whether in the orchard, city, town, or on the farm, we encourage you to take these elements and discover/explore and create a Wassail event of your own.
Mark your calendars now, and start making plans for Wassail 2015.
– Not near an orchard? Seek out local parks, or friendly neighbors with pome fruit trees, sites of trees & orchards of yesteryear, or devise a suitable stand-in, an elegant bowl of apples – or a spray crabapple branches, etc.
– As North American Wassailers we will continue to explore local & regional wassail culture and hope to uncover indigenous tunes & rituals, and share our discoveries for 2015.
Note: Repurposing New Year’s Eve noise-makers is a handy & thrifty way to get your Wassail noise-making kit started.