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Here We Come A-Wassailing

December 16, 2019 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Join the Drake Memorial Library on December 16 as we hold a Wassail from 12 – 2 pm. This event is open to the entire campus community.

A Wassail can also be a party where the punch is served, and it’s often depicted as a raucous, merry event. As mentioned in a previous post, it was originally held to ensure a good apple harvest for the upcoming year The song lyrics referenced below date to about the mid-1800’s, although they are more commonly depicted as being a part of an older tradition.

"Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green;

Here we come a-wandering, so fair to be seen.

Love and joy come to you, and to you your wassail, too.

And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year…"

Wassail is traditionally a warm, spiced apple-cider based punch. In medieval England, groups would go from door to door singing carols, and the punch was served to warm them for their next foray into the cold night. It gradually morphed into a more general winter holiday tradition.

Join us for a casual, fun, open-house event with the Drake Memorial Library on December 16 as we hold a Wassail from 12 – 2 pm. This event is open to the entire campus community.

Contact:

Pam O'Sullivan: posulliv@brockport.edu, 395-5688

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