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Happy Wassailing

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Mangleworzle, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    January the 17th is the traditional date to wassail your fruit trees.
    <font size="2" face="Arial">Wassail the trees, that they may beare,
    You many a plum and many a peare,
    For more or less fruits they will bring
    As you do give them a wassailing.</font>
    Hey nonny nonny.
  2. madenglishgirl

    madenglishgirl New commenter

    'Here's to thee, old apple tree, That blooms well, bears well. Hats full, caps full, Three bushel bags full, An' all under one tree. Hurrah! Hurrah!'
    We celebrated Wassail (and cutty wren) on twelfth night - as is tradition.
  3. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Hmm.. apparently the 17th is the original date as it's "old 12th night" whatever that means.
  4. madenglishgirl

    madenglishgirl New commenter

    True... but most people don't know that. I will have to pass the info onto my parents who have, almost single-handedly, revived the tradition of Wassailing and the Cutty Wren to Suffolk.

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