Last Time I Went A-Wassailing
Having voracious appetites for whimsy and for wine,
and although the custom is not culturally mine,
I find passing the wassail cup simply too divine.
Sadly, with each passing, I’m increasingly supine
until the floor once under foot ends up under my spine.
Asked to leave the party when I got out of line,
I thought I’d go a-caroling somewhere except online.
Alas, I lost my Wassail cup near Hollywood and Vine,
and afterwards my harmonies started to decline.
So if you dare to venture out and take the same bus line,
if you find a Wassail cup, it’s certain to be mine!!
Wassailing is a British tradition, but how it was initially performed seems to have varied by region. The most modern version involves wishing good cheer and health in the coming year to the people around you, usually while drinking a warm spiced punch. The wassail beverage likely started as a hot, sweetened mead or wine. Nowadays, the punch is a bit more complex, with fall spices, fruit juices, and sometimes other liquors added to the mulled wine or cider.