Wassail" comes from the Old Norse "ves heill"--to be of good health. This evolved into the tradition of visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health.
I chose this Carol and trivia in honor of the late Francis Trip - my school music teacher and when retired she formed a community choir which consisted of a majority of her former students. They perform different seasonal concerts, community functions, assist the High School Musical and wrap up the year with a "Wassail" sing-a-long with the community. It was announced the beginning of the concert that Francis was hospitalized that morning and one of the choir members would be conducting. At the end of the concert, they announced she had passed. I believe she held on to hear her "angels" sing one last time.
On a happy note, we got lucky and the severe snow storm missed us. My MOM was in a state as she had a huge party planned for her sewing classes and now it would have to be cancelled. It went as planned and one of the gals brought "jello shooters" to toast the meal. For those not familiar , they are jello made with Vodka and set in a little jello cup - and she brought Godiva Chocolate liqueur to top them off.
I made up a new name tag for my quilt guild using a free design from Janet at :
I made two scrappy stockings using this tutorial: http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/2010/12/scrappy-stocking-tutorial.html to hang here for my grandsons and fabric framed the Lilacs.
And got all 60 strip blocks ready for Bonnie's Cotton Boll. And fell in love with Beth Ferrier's new BOM - Deep Midwinter : http://applewd.com/BOM/page1.html
I have my gifts wrapped and have a small list of missing items (or add ons) and list for stocking stuffers yet to get - traditional orange, new toothbrush and ribbon candy. I added those battery tea lights amongst my mantle pieces for a little glitter. I think I'll catch a seasonal movie while snuggling with the furry.