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"Drink to the health"

Posted by Kimberly Sherman  December 12, 2008 07:18 AM

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Wassail has roots in medieval England referring to the Norse "ves heill," meaning to "drink to the health," and that's why Vermont made it a weekend. Wassail Weekend in Woodstock, Vt. has been growing by leaps and bounds for 24 years, welcoming visitors near and far to celebrate the holiday season in some unique ways.

Wassail Weekend is indeed for all ages, as all can enjoy the house tours, music, bountiful food, shops that are open late, and holiday activities spread throughout town. The highlight of the weekend is the Wassail Parade through the center of Woodstock with over 50 horses and riders dressed in holiday costumes and period dress from the early 19th Century. Vermont has a knack for slowing things down, and getting back to basics. May just be what you need this particular holiday season. Wassail Weekend runs from Dec. 12-14. For more information call 888-496-6378.

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