The tradition was that on New Year's Eve and Twelfth Night, the wassail bowl
, which could hold up to 10 gallons of steaming elixir, was brought into the room of revelers with great ceremony.
The original custom developed into a tradition in which people would go from door to door carrying the wassail bowl
to wish good luck to the householders in exchange for money or food and drink.
After the cloth had been removed and before the ladies had withdrawn, the Wassail Bowl
had been brought in.
Although the wassail bowl
has been a tradition inWales for many years, it is thought to originate from Anglo-Saxon times.
Wassailing could be done in the home by passing the wassail bowl
around the company, but the most common way was in rural communities where villagers would wander from door to door carrying a large decorated and beribboned wooden or ceramic wassailing bowl and by singing at the doors of their neighbours and local gentry get their bowl filled with spiced ale or 'lamb's wool' - spiced ale frothed with mashed apples, eggs and cream.
Shakespeare was a Stratford lad and at Christmastide as a young child he would have tasted them hissing in a wassail bowl
Creative potters have produced a modern twist on an ancient Welsh tradition with their updated version of the wassail bowl
Mr Pickwick always enjoyed the moment when the mighty wassail bowl
was served up with roasted crab apples hissing and popping in the hot punch.
Groups would move from house to house with a dressed horse skull to celebrate the coming of the New Year, and to drink from the large wassail bowl
The Wassail Bowl
was flowing in the second half as it had in the first, with the Christmas feel of the evening dominating.
AN unusual eisteddfod chair, an 18-handled Ewenny pottery wassail bowl
and a painting by Sir Kyffin Williams are among further pieces to be auctioned at Sotheby's Welsh sale.
In time you might wish to move on, money allowing of course, to a carved silver and wood wassail bowl
or an 18th century spice jar - some of which are quite magnificent.