If you're looking for family fun, come to the Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe Historic Site on Dec. 21.
From 1-4 p.m., there will be wassailing (caroling), hot apple cider, colonial games and the burning of the Yule log, said site manager Jason Allison. There will also be a 15-minute discussion on the way the Christmas holidays would have been celebrated long ago.
The event celebrates the Colonial period from the 1730s to 1800, Allison said. It will take place outdoors in the center of Wormsloe's small colonial village, where visitors can warm themselves by the fire. "Depending how cold it is, we might have a big fire," said Adam Young, an interpretive ranger who is one of about 25 re-enactors at the Colonial Christmas.
Allison doesn't know how long the tradition of Christmas at Wormsloe has been going on, but it's been "many years," he said. Over 100 people came last year, he said, and this year's Christmas is expected to draw an even bigger crowd.
About 20 Girl Scouts wearing long dresses and bonnets will be serving hot chocolate, cider and cookies and they'll be playing traditional colonial games, Allison said.
Visitors can join in games like rolling a hoop with a stick, Young said. Another game called "daisies" features two sticks and "a small hoop wrapped in ribbon, and they catch it with a stick; they stick the stick through the hoop," he said.
If there are enough people, "we might play cricket, a predecessor to baseball," Young said. The game features a pitcher who will bowl a ball and try to knock over a wicket, he said.
"The batter tries to hit the ball or stop it from hitting the wicket," he said. "And we need people in the outfield. You need at least 25 people on either team."
The re-enactors, wearing tricorn hats or toboggan, knitted wool caps, trousers and long hunting coats, will sing Christmas carols.
"We will be singing 'The 12 Days of Christmas' and passing out the words," Allison said. Adults and children "are encouraged to join in singing all the Christmas carols. It's very interactive ... We also will have a trio of female singers, the Minick Ladies."
In addition, Allison said, the re-enactors will tell the Nativity story.
They'll also celebrate the tradition of the Yule log - "taking a sled out to the woods. And they'll get the Yule log, which they'll use to start a fire," Allison said. The Yule log will be a big piece of oak about a foot in diameter.
A lot of families will come to enjoy the day, Allison said. "It's a good, fun event."