Here We Come A Wassailing
A delightful carol. Bells in the 3-octave range are active. An English Christmas custom which has been commemorated in song is the ceremony of the wassail-bowl. The wassail-bowl is found even today in all the great country houses of England, and it is always kept filled from Christmas Eve to Twelfth Night. In some country places, the young people carry the bowl as they go about, offering drinks in exchange for alms.