Winter holiday traditions change with time and location, with their current forms retaining little of their old forms, wassailing
(rhymes with fossil-ing) possibly more than most. The modern interpretation of wassailing has been simplified to singing carols, though it was born of much more diverse traditions
, from a cheer of good health before battle to scaring evil spirits from apple orchards. From these origins come wassail the drink
, and that's just one of the many foods of the winter season
(Food Timeline prev.
). A few more are covered below the break. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 25, 2009 -