I find traditions so fascinating. I love hearing about different families and what they do to celebrate the holidays. There is something so comforting and cozy about the traditions that have been around for centuries and something fun and exciting about creating new traditions. I think it’s so fun that Babyface and I have traditions that come from his ancestors’ past and my ancestors’ past and we’ve thrown in some new fun things that are just ours.
One of the traditions that comes from my family is the drinking of wassail. From Wikipedia:
The word Wassail refers to several related traditions; first and foremost wassailing is an ancient southern English tradition that is performed with the intention of ensuring a good crop of cider apples for the next year’s harvest. It also refers to both the salute ‘Waes Hail’, the term itself is a contraction of the Middle English phrase wæs hæil, meaning literally ‘good health’ or ‘be you healthy’ and to the drink of wassail which is a hot mulled cider traditionally drunk as an integral part of the wassail ceremony.
We are big fans of wassail. Way back in the day, wassail was hot mulled cider with apples, but in recent years, it’s been adapted to have a whole lot of wine and fruit juice in it. Our family recipe uses dry red wine and cranberry juice.
For our family Christmas celebration, my Dad mixes up a giant batch of this punch and keeps it warm in the slow cooker. There are few things in this world as cozy as sipping on a mug of wassail next to a roaring fireplace. I’m a big fan.