A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987 TV Special)
Herb: Cheer up, Rex!
Rex: It's wassail, I know it's wassail.
[he hears elves singing "Here We Come A-Wassailing", this time the "wassail" is correct]
Rex: That's it! Somebody's got it right!
Rex: [after the "Carol of the Bells" segment] Magnificent! Now, who was that conductor again?
Herb: I don't know, but his face sure rings a bell.
Rex: Thematically speaking, we will be looking at Christmas carols as they relate to specific traditions...
Herb: Yeah! Songs about Christmas trees, and stacks of gifts, reindeer, and jingling bells, holiday ballet, Santa Claus, universal joy, and Christ - mas snacks!
Rex: [gritting his teeth] There is not a carol about snacks.
Herb: Besides, Rex, maybe "wassail" is an old word that means "waffle". After all, what can be more Christmassy than a thick stack of syrup-drenched waffles?
Rex: As usual, Herb, there you go letting history take a back seat to your stomach.
Rex: The ringing of the bells at Christmastime is a homeowner of early winter celebrations when the earth was cold and the sun was dying; evil spirits were very powerful.
Herb: And one of the ways to drive evil off...
Herb: was by making a great deal of noise.
[rings his bell again]
Herb: As making noise was also fun, bell-ringing ceremonies became a part of the spirit of Christmas.
[rings his bell once more]
Rex: Uh, next on our program is the exquisite Carol of the Bells.
Herb: [rings bell] This isn't driving you off!
Herb: [reading a dictionary] Says here that wassail is derived from the Celtic word for lamb's wool. Must be an old sheep-sheering song!
Rex: It's not a sheep-sheering song, you bone head! Wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon "wassail", which means be in health.
Herb: Oh, what I'd give to ice skate with that Margot!
Rex: There's no ice thick enough for the two of you.