wassail.

\WAH-sul; wah-SAYL \, noun;
1. An expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to someone.
2. An occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse.
3. The liquor used for a wassail; especially, a beverage formerly much used in England at Christmas and other festivals, made of ale (or wine) flavored with spices, sugar, toast, roasted apples, etc.
I had to copy this example sentence for you because it is something I’d never come up with:
But have you ever tried to spear a buffalo after a hard night at the old wassail bowl?
— Gore Vidal, The Smithsonian Institution
It’s nice to split up the joyous facets of the holidays.  We do not have Christmas parties planned or New Years Extravaganzas on the calendar yet.  But we are getting a glimpse of the joy that is about to come in the form of the Word of the Day.  I realize wassail can be served at any festival, though I have only had it during Christmastime.  The most wonderful time of the year.  Made of ale, flavored with spices, sugar, toast, roasted apples, etc.  Can’t you smell it when you read that description? 
We shall not skip over the beauty of fall in hoping for wassail.  I dare you to make some wassail tonight actually.  I dare you to send a mass text and invite your friends to throw on their turtlenecks and make their way over for a wild wassailfull evening. 
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