Wassail http://nhpr.org en Scrooge Visits Christmasville, USA http://nhpr.org/post/scrooge-visits-christmasville-usa <p></p><p>What happens when a veritable Grinch is confronted by unbridled Christmas spirit? Last year we sent favorite contributor Sean Hurley to visit a town <a href="http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2099452_2099450,00.html" target="_blank">Time Magazine dubbed one of America's "most Christmassy"</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Is there a better place to celebrate Christmas than Vermont, where the air has a fragrance of pine needles and the ground is (most likely) dusted with snow? For the past 25 years, Woodstock has hosted <a href="http://www.woodstockvt.com/wassail.php" target="_blank">Wassail Weekend</a>, a pre-Christmas festival that is rooted in 19th century Norse culture and traditions. While the city itself is a sight to see during the holiday season, Wassail Weekend brings a distinctive parade of more than 50 horses and riders adorned in holiday costumes and period dress, as well as wagon and sleigh rides, a wassail feast and tours of the city's most notable historic buildings ... It's everything you imagine Christmas to be, but so much more. -<em>Time Magazine</em></p></blockquote><p>He was, perhaps, a bit of a Scrooge about it.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:34:10 +0000 Sean Hurley 26064 at http://nhpr.org Scrooge Visits Christmasville, USA