Wassailing was a traditional Christmas practice for all levels of society during 16th and early 17th century England. The word ‘wassail stems from the Anglo Saxon waes hael, meaning to be of good health, while the practice itself involved sharing a drink from the ‘wassail bowl’ with family, friends, and neighbours. The wassail bowl was a large, wooden receptacle which would typically hold up to a gallon of a warm wassail punch. Punch recipes differed between households, featuring either hot ale or cider, together with a mixture of sugar, spices, and apples. A crust of bread was placed at the bottom of the bowl and offered to the person of the highest regard.