Every year growing up, our most memorable holiday tradition included my mom hosting the annual Caroling Party. She would whip up a giant cauldron of Brunswick Stew, a huge punch bowl of egg nog, and invite friends over for the soiree with the stipulation that they must be wearing their holiday best, i.e. some shade of red or green. We would hand out the caroling books, grab our flashlights and warmest winter jackets, and head out in a giant pack down the block. The youngest kid of the bunch would run and ring the doorbell, and just as the neighbors were coming to the door in their slippers and robes, grumbling something along the lines of, “Who is God’s name is coming to my door so late?!”, we would serenade them with a chorus of “Holly Jolly Christmas”. And really? Who can stay mad at a bunch of red and green clad elves singing their hearts out (however horribly) to “Holly Jolly Christmas”?
Oh, how I miss the merriment of the annual Caroling Party! New York City doesn’t lend itself so well to ringing people’s doorbells for any reason, let alone with the hope that they’ll love your rendition of “Frosty The Snowman” as much as you do. That said, you can imagine my excitement when I found out that St. Bart’s is hosting it’s own “Caroling On The Steps” sing-a-thon on Tuesday, December 20th, from 5:15 to 6:00pm. You can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be there (along with some of the other Used York City writers!) in our coordinating reds and greens! We look forward to “fa-la-la-la-la-ing” with you!
WHERE: St. Bart’s
325 Park Avenue, between 50th and 51st
New York, New York 10022
WHEN: Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
5:15pm to 6:00pm
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen