What is wassail?? So this is a fun one! I took this straight from Wikipedia –
“The Christmas spirit often made the rich a little more generous than usual, and bands of beggars and orphans used to dance their way through the snowy streets of England, offering to sing good cheer and to tell good fortune if the householder would give them a drink from his wassail bowl or a penny or a pork pie or, let them stand for a few minutes beside the warmth of his hearth. The wassail bowl itself was a hearty combination of hot ale or beer, apples, spices and mead, just alcoholic enough to warm tingling toes and fingers of the singers.”
Not many people go wassailing these days. But they do go caroling! Here We Come a Caroling is perhaps the most familiar text associated with this old English tune.
So there you go. Now you know!
This fun arrangement for the intermediate student is full of musical surprises, including a departure from the quick 6/8 meter to a slow and expressive 2/4 meter. And there are even more surprises! You and your students are going to love this one.