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For every caroler who’s ever wondered what in blazes “Here We Come A-Wassailing” meant, today’s “18thCentury Christmas Wassail” should prove edifying. Wassailing is traditional, seasonal toasting with spiced cider or another wintry drink, and in order to ward away anti-wassail “evil spirits” (a rather pagan notion for the holidays), participants are encouraged to “bring an old pot to bang or bells to ring.” Of course, the only spooks likely to pay heed are those at CIA headquarters, adjacent to the farm grounds. From 1-4:30 p.m. at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. $3. (703) 442-7557. (Nathalie op de Beeck)