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Time to bring back wassailing!

It's kind of like trick or treating, except it's for alcohol!  Who's in?

If you've ever heard The Wassail Song, you've heard about this practice, even though you may not have realized it. A few hundred years ago, peasants used to go door to door singing carols, stop at houses of lords and barons and the like, and demand refreshments. At times this got a bit violent, because those who wouldn't share often saw their homes vandalized.

I am in favor of a more peaceful wassail. We'd gather in groups and go from door to door at the houses of all the rich people (I'm thinking Maple Bluff), and ask nicely ifor some of their potent potables.

I doubt that most of the residents to be wassailed upon would actually serve us "wassail" but that's okay. It sounds nasty, involving apples and brandy and raw eggs (for protein). They could just open up their liquor cabinets or wine cellars instead. (Traditional Wassail recipe here).

Actually this walking door to door thing doesn't sound all that appealing. The song opens like this: Here we come a wassailing. Among the leaves so green, Here we come a wandering. So fair to be seen.

Not too many green leaves around here at this time of the year. So instead I think I'll just sit home with a six pack. If I'm feeling the holiday spirit, I just might share.

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