I haven't done a caroling gig in a long time, but this one was pretty special.
At first we stood on the porch and in the foyer, greeting guests with song as they entered. Then we moved to the "Brown Room" and sang some more, but it was so lively that it was probably hard to hear us. After a while, we took a break. I sampled some ham (country and city), slurped an oyster and a few fish eggs, washing it all down with some deceptively ethereal egg nog. When it was time for dessert, we went to the "Summer House" (where there seemed to be plates of surreally beautiful cookies on every flat surface) and led a singalong around the piano. Guests were provided with these amazing caroling books -- amazing because 1) I've rarely seen a score engraved with such clarity and care and 2) there were LINER NOTES about each carol and 3) the egg nog recipe was printed in the back!