Waking the Trees
Our spirits need lifting!
And what better way to lift tired spirits than a spot of communal celebration. Here in the South West, as mid-January approaches, we enter the Wassail season. Waes Hael means “be well” or “be in good health” and comes from Anglo-Saxon times. Now we need to gather and wake the orchards, and in particular, the apple trees.
Here’s the Traditional Apple Wassail rhyme we use which originates from Devon, 1871.
“Here’s to thee, old apple-tree,
Whence thou may’st bud, and whence thou may’st blow,
And whence thou may’st bear apples enow
Hats full! caps full!
And my pockets full, too, huzza!”