Here we come a wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wand'ring
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year
Here We Come A Caroling was originally titled Here We Come A Wassailing and is still called by that name by some. The song was composed in the 1850s and is still very popular at Christmas time.
Wassailing was a termed used to denote the act of caroling door to door and wishing good health to each listener, instead of begging for alms.
This aged English wassail carol is a peaceful gesture English people practiced to allow good tidings to spread across every single home in the community.
Carolers are something we don’t see much of anymore, but I can remember the time that they used to go through our neighborhood, stopping at each house and sharing a song or two. There were also times that I went out too with youth groups from church or scout groups caroling. I treasure the many memories made while going caroling to those who hadn’t had any Christmas joy for a very long time. The eyes of the old folks in the nursing homes would always twinkle a little brighter when they heard the children sing.
The thing we should remember is that folks need some glad tidings not just on Christmas Day but all through out the year. Caroling is good, but being a good neighbor all year long is better.