"Here We Come A-Caroling" (or "Here We Come A-Wassailing") is an English traditional Christmas carol and New Year's song. It refers to "wassailing", or singing carols door-to-door. An old English wassail song, or song to wish good health, which is what "wassail" means. According to Readers Digest, "the Christmas spirit often made the rich a little more generous than usual, and bands of beggars and orphans used to dance their way through the snowy streets of England, offering to sing good cheer and to tell good fortune if the householder would give them a drink from his wassail bowl or a penny or a pork pie or, let them stand for a few minutes beside the warmth of his hearth. The wassail bowl itself was a hearty combination of hot ale or beer and spices and mead, just alcoholic enough to warm tingling toes and fingers of the singers".
Appearances in Christmas specials
- A Muppet Family Christmas - It is sung by the cast of Sesame Street as the first half of their caroling medley as they arrive at Emily Bear's farmhouse.
- "Dickens of a Christmas"
- Wee Sing The Best Christmas Ever!
- "The Magic School Bus Holiday Special"
- Christmas with the Chipmunks, Vol. 2 (1963)
- Disney's Christmas Collection (1995)
- Alpha's Magical Christmas (1994)
Versions with alternate lyrics
- Here we come a-caroling
- Among the leaves so green
- Here we come a-wand'ring
- So fair to be seen
- Love and joy come to you
- And to you glad Christmas too
- And God bless you and send you a happy New Year
- And God send you a happy New Year
- We are not daily beggars
- That beg from door to door
- But we are neighbor's children
- Whom you have seen before
- God bless the master of this house
- Likewise the mistress too
- And all the little children
- That round the table go