We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Excited by the coming Winter Solstice and the Yuletide Season of Good will, or perhaps just the figgy pudding ahead, Celestial Elf does a happy dance.

The tradition of Carol singing or wassailing falls into two distinct categories: The House-Visiting wassail and the Orchard-Visiting wassail. House-Visiting wassail, caroling by any other name, is the practice of people going door-to-door singing Christmas carols. The word Wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon toast Wæs þu hæl, “be thou hale” — i.e., “be in good health”. The practice has its roots in the middle ages as a reciprocal exchange between the feudal lords and their peasants as a form of recipient initiated charitable giving, to be distinguished from begging. This point is made in the song “Here We Come A-Wassailing”, when the wassailers inform the lord of the house that
“we are not daily beggars that beg from door to door but we are friendly neighbours whom you have seen before.”

  
The lord of the manor would give food and drink to the peasants in exchange for their blessing and goodwill, which would be given in the form of the song being sung. Wassailing is the background practice against which an English carol such as “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” dating back to sixteenth century England, can be made sense of.[4] The carol lies in the English tradition where wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve such as ‘figgy puddings. 


 
~ **We wish you a Merry Christmas ** ~
 

 We wish you a Merry Christmas (x3)
and a Happy New Year.

REFRAIN 
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Now! bring us some figgy pudding (x3)
and bring some out here. (or, and bring it us here)

REFRAIN 
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

For we all like figgy pudding (x3)
so bring some out here.

REFRAIN 
 Good tidings we bring to you and your kin
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

And we won’t go until we’ve got some (x3)
so bring some out here.

REFRAIN 
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

It’s a season for music (x3)
and a time of good Cheer.

REFRAIN
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

(Some versions print the refrain as “Glad tidings” instead of “Good tidings’)

~ * Figgy Pudding Recipe * ~
Figgy Pudding

1 cup suet
1 cup sugar
3 large egg yolks
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons rum
1 apple peeled, cored and finely chopped
1 pound dried figs, ground or finely chopped
Grated peel of 1 lemon and 1 orange
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 large egg whites, stiffly beaten

Grease a two-quart mold.
Cream together butter and shortening. Gradually add sugar, egg yolks, milk, extract, apple, figs, lemon and orange peel. Add next 6 ingredients, mixing well. Fold stiffly beaten egg whites into mixture.
Pour into two-quart buttered bowl or mold and place into large shallow pan and steam for four hours.

Custard Sauce
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter
In saucepan, scald milk and allow to cool.
Mix together remaining ingredients, except for butter. Add to cooled milk. Cook over low heat until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in butter, mixing well.
Serve pudding warm with custard sauce or sweetened whipped cream.

 

 We All Want Figgy Pudding
 & A Happy New Year
 
 
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