A festive blooper of my own. At our parish church 9 Lessons and Carols way back on December 29 1968 (oh yes I remember the exact date!) I was down, as choirboy, to read the first lesson (Genesis 3, vv 8-19). Due to my short stature and in order to see the Bible, I had to stand on a box which our Vicar had procured from somewhere. All went well in the rehearsal but was definitely not all right on the night. As I went up to the lectern, I somehow planted one foot on one side of the box in such a way that made it. and me, tip over and crash to the ground.
My only consolation,apart from the fact that I managed to deliver the lesson, is that 43 years later, the Vicar, Choirmaster and most of the congregation are long gone.