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Christmas Caroling and Wassailing

The tradition of Christmas caroling is descended from the old custom of Wassailing. Wassail itself was a celebration of harvest time.The first Wassailers were peasants who visited the lordly residences, where they were given food and drink in exchange for song.

Wassailing was popular for several centuries. In early America it had became a pastime for boisterous young men, who would create havoc or refuse to leave if the food wasn't plentiful and beverage not strong enough! Happily, by the late 19th century it had become the genteel custom of Christmas caroling - groups of people going door to door, gracing their neighbors with a gift of joyous Holiday song - a tradition which continues to the present day.

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