here we come a-caroling
"Here we go a-wassailing among the leaves so green!" If you've ever heard a caroler sing this phrase and thought, "What the heck is a wassail?"—you're not alone!
Some of our favorite Christmas carols date back several hundred years, and in that time, language has changed a lot! Many carols themselves have undergone multiple revisions, further confusing things. "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" started as "Hark How All the Welkin Rings," while "Deck the Halls" was adapted from a naughty 1800s folk tune. Times and traditions change, and it's easy to see why we'd need help decoding these songs so rich in history.
WATCH: Can You Guess What These Christmas Carol Words Mean?
Let's look at some of the most puzzling words in our favorite carols. You'll be fluent in the jolliest holiday-speak in no time! And you'll be ready for your figgy pudding.