Making Wassail In Class

“Here we come a-wassailing; Among the leaves so green; Here we come a-wandering; So fair to be seen.” You have probably heard these lyrics before, but do you know what “wassail” is?

Wassail is an old English holiday drink that incorporates apple cider, cranberry juice and various spices. This fragrant, sweet beverage was enjoyed by the Southwestern seventh-graders in Mrs. Gould’s English classes this past holiday season to celebrate learning about colonial holiday traditions. The students had just finished reading “My Brother Sam is Dead” by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, a touching historical fiction book about patriotism and brotherhood, which took place during the time of the American Revolutionary War. This holiday feast was the culminating activity in the unit. The celebration included drinking wassail, watching a film about a Colonial Christmas and enjoying other colonial holiday treats made by classmates.