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Unread 25 Nov 19, 06:02 PM  
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Can anyone from the Wakefield area answer this question?

Born and brought up in Wakefield and we always called the Christmas tree baubles wessel (wassail) cups. In the South they look at us if we are barmy! On talking to a couple of Yorkshire friends they had never heard of it either. After extensive Googling the general opinion is that it is confined to the Wakefield area. Is it a quaint Yorkshire expression that has faded with time or do people still use the term?
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Ive heard of the Christmas carol. Here we come a wassailing.

This is what I found.

en.m.wikipedia/wiki/Here...e_A-wassailing
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I'm in Leeds and I've never heard that expression sorry!
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I'm Lancs/Yorkshire border and never heard off then called that.
Heard the Carol but not used as a term for baubles.

I find it funny when you realise sayings and traditions are very local. I grew up having black peas every bonfire night only to find out it's very local!
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ClarissaB wrote:
I was born near Pontrefract in Yorkshire in the early 50s and my Yorkshire relatives all referred to the decorative "baubles" on the Christmas tree as "Wessel Cups". In those days they were made of glass and fractured very easily. It's only in recent years that I've made the connection with "Wassail", meaning "good health". I still prefer the name Wessel cup to bauble!

Yep, this ^^

I moved to Yorkshire (just outside Wakefield) 6 years ago and was introduced to the term Wessel Cups by my ex wifes family. I knew they were the baubles and assumed it was to do with Wassail, but never asked!
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I guess it might have faded into obscurity with time
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Why cups though?
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We call them wessle cups (not sure thats how to spell it though) and I live in Stanley Wakefield. Dont know the meaning behind it though 🤷🏼
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We call them wessle cups (not sure thats how to spell it though) and I live in Stanley Wakefield. Dont know the meaning behind it though 🤷🏼
Oh goody, glad we are not the only ones
I think they were originally little glass cups that held wine which were offered to people wishing them good health. When they were empty they were hung on the tree.
"Wassail comes from Old English "Waes Hail" - "Good Health""
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