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Woodstock Vermont is beautiful anytime of year. The Christmas season brings out a very special charm in this picturesque village. The fresh snow is the perfect ‘icing on the cake’ of this Rockwellian picture in motion. It’s one of those times and places that makes New England winters sparkle.

???????????????????????????????Even Gandalf Spends the Christmas Season Here !

I drove north today to attend the annual Wassail Weekend Parade and other festivities.

???????????????????????????????A fire roared in the nearly walk-in sized fireplace in the lobby of the Woodstock Inn.

???????????????????????????????A life-sized gingerbread house sets in one corner, reportedly to be broken up after the holidays and brought into the woods to feed the lucky native wildlife.

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I spent several hours strolling the main and side streets of Woodstock, admiring the welcoming doorways and dooryards.

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Downtown was festive and alluring, even to a non-shopper like myself !

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The River is Beginning to Freeze and Steam in Places

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Mt. Tom Seemed Covered in Down, Overlooking the Scene Below

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The Woodstock Inn Hummed with Excitement Inside and Remained Tranquil Without

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This covered bridge, no matter how many dozens of times I’ve viewed it, takes my breath away each time.

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Woodstock’s Neighborhoods are Full of Old Colonial, Federal and Victorian Homes, Perfect as Christmas Cards in their Winter Finery

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All Over Town, It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

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The green in the center of Woodstock is the site of many activities this weekend, caroling, tree lighting and a bonfire to name a few…

???????????????????????????????Excitement Builds Before the Parade !

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Then the Sound of Sleigh Bells are Heard in the Distance and… as if by Magic !

The Horses Appear !

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It’s a wonderful beginning to an enchanting season in a very special place. I hope you can be there some year at this time…

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Happy Holidays to All, 2014 !

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