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It’s a Monday and the holiday season has absolutely ended in our house. The tree has been de-ornamented, flowers and dry branches have been discarded. and lights taken down except a few in the front of the house.

This weekend held the last big festivity of the winter season as we celebrated the annual wassailing of the trees in Seattle with friends.

Traditionally apple trees are wassailed (sung to using the Apple Tree Carol) while apple juice, cider or punch is poured onto the roots. The hope is that by honoring the trees, a good harvest will result. Although fruit trees are traditional wassailed on the 12th day of Christmas it was a bit more convenient for travel on the weekend. So here we are,

Wassailing the trees 2015
Even as I acknowledge the end of the season, I am reluctantly hanging on to a tiny bit of holiday cheer as our daughter is still at home. She heads back to New York tomorrow and the house will be empty without her.

But I notice the extension of the day ever so slightly with a latter sunset and that gives me hope that winter will end.

My sweet gal and me

My sweet gal and me

Linking up with Patti at  Visible Monday !

You could probably still try wassailing your trees using this wassail punch (especially if your in a snow place, you might want to wait anyway)
Wassail Cup Serves approx. 6
2 pints brown ale or cider
1 cup dry sherry
2 oz brown sugar
1 tsp mixed spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and mace)
lemon peel from one lemon and a few lemon slices
2-4 apples

Roast the apples in a casserole with sugar and ½ cup of ale. Cook for 30 minutes til the apples are tender. Then in a large pot, add the remaining ingredients and simmer. When the apples are done, add the apples and accumulated liquid, simmer an additional 5 minutes.
Squeeze the lemon-peel twists over the bowl and add them and a few slices of lemon. Serve.