December 11- Here We Come a Wassaling

If you weren’t here Saturday, you missed a really great Pie Party and Victorian Walk.
We ate lots of pie…

Karen and Tad, our window entertainment, were awesome.  Karen brought her great wheel.  It was incredibly cool!

And Tad taught Lori how to nalbind!

While we were enjoying the wassail that I make every year for Victorian Walk, Lori remembered a funny video from the 80’s. Somehow I missed these claymation videos. They are from the same man who created the California Raisins (I do remember them). ¬†I guess I was too busy watching the Go-Gos in claymation instead.
So I thought I’d share these funny Christmas videos with you today, along with our recipe for wassail. ¬†It may not be “official” wassail, but that ‘s what we like to make.

And we really dig the doo-woppin’ camels singing this Christmas classic.

I forgot how claymation became such a big deal in the 80’s. Mason watches many claymation shows, that are truly hilarious. ¬†Most of you are probably familiar with Wallace & Gromit, but there is also Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time (both offshoots of W&G), and Pingu.
And claymation is always more enjoyable with a little wassail, especially if you slip a nip of brandy in it. ¬†Here’s our recipe:

  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (don’t fall over, I use the kind in a bottle for this because I usually don’t have time to fool with squeezing lemons on Victorian Walk nights)
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cloves
Tie cinnamon sticks and cloves in cheese cloth.  Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and serve warm.
I have one of those big coffee urns and make it in that.  I put a coffee filter in the top with all of the spices, and percolate with the liquids just like I was making coffee.  I double the recipe when using the urn. Enjoy!


  • jennifer

    11.12.2012 at 13:46 Reply

    The wassail was wonderful and so were allthe delicious pies! I think baby Cynthia was most happy having Karen lull her to sleep.

  • keely

    11.12.2012 at 23:47 Reply

    Thanks for coming…and bringing pie!

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