Here we go a-wassailing
Wassail is a hot, alcoholic, spiced punch served at Yuletide and to go wassailing is to carol from door to door with the intention of being supplied from the wassail bowl at each house you visit.
If this sounds fun to you, you’ll need to organise it in advance, not just to make time to practise your harmonies but also to word up the neighbours – they’re unlikely to give you punch for singing “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” if they don’t know you’re coming.
If it’s a hot night, an iced punch may be more suitable.
 With a goat, if you’re Swedish.
 So in October, children go door to door to show off their costumes and collect lollies and, in December, adults go door to door to show off their carols and collect booze.
 Although my brother-in-law Don claims that he could talk any household into offering him a drink just by threatening to keep singing until they do.