There is the old joke sometimes told by pastors of people calling them up and asking them what time Midnight Mass is. I guess thought that in parts of Britain the question is a valid one.
LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Roman Catholic churches across Britain plan to stage midnight mass early on Christmas Eve to avoid drunk revelers on the loose after the pubs shut.
A survey by the Catholic weekly magazine The Tablet showed churches planned to hold mass as early as six in the evening to avoid running the risk of disturbance from drunks staggering out of the pub at the traditional closing time of 11 p.m.
“A lot of people, having been disgorged from the pub, were attracted to the light and music and used to disrupt proceedings,” said Father James O’Keefe at St Bede’s Church in the northeastern city of Newcastle.
In other Christmas news, Christmas is now a national holiday in Iraq. (Thanks to the reader that sent that in.)