Wassailing Celebration - Metamora, Michigan

Always In December - www.metamorachamber.org


No fire engines, no bands, no motorcycles JUST HORSES!


metamora wassailingFor centuries, wassailing was a way to toast someone’s good health. But, in England, wassail also denoted the alcoholic beverage you imbibed during that toast—an elixir of steamy mulled mead or cider. Sometimes, wassail was a whipped dark beer flavored with roasted crab apples. At Christmastide, the poor expected privileges denied them at other times, including the right to enter the homes of the wealthy, who feasted them from the best of their provisions. At these gatherings, the bands of roving wassailers often performed songs for the master while drinking his beer, toasting him, his family, his livestock, wishing continued health and wealth. By the 19th century, wassailing would mellow. As the custom of caroling became the dominant door-to-door pastime, alcohol-fueled begging dwindled.

Metamora will celebrate the tradition of Wassailing on December 7, 2019. Many businesses will welcome guests with special events. Keep watching the Metamora Chamber Wassailing Celebration Facebook page and this web site for more information about these events.