ONCE A YEAR 1970s BRITISH FOLKLORE
TRADITIONAL FOLKLORE ANNUAL CUSTOMS AND ANNUAL VILLAGE TRADITIONS 1970S UK
Wassailing the Apple Tree. Carhampton Somerset. England . 1972. The toast in the Wassailing bucket is soaked in mulled cider, made from a secret receipt and then placed in the apple tree to ensure a good crop for the following year.
The original use of the word 'wassail' was as a greeting when drinking the health of a person, and derives from the Anglo-Saxon
wes hal, or 'Be in good health'. Later it came to describe a custom observed on New Year's Eve and Twelfth Night...