It’s a given that Big Christmas for Catholics has shifted from midnight to the earliest Eve Mass. Why lament it? The biggest challenge for liturgical ministry is not restoring some sense of where a holy day lands, on the eve, the nearest Sunday, or the original day. That ship has long sailed. This would be an example of that Pope Francis comment about the Church’s ministers being more concerned with being hairdressers.
The point, friends, is to present the very best face on the liturgy for regulars, and especially visitors, occasional worshipers, and the vaguely curious. If the people came, heaven forbid, on the 23rd, it would still be the same task.
My parish has set the usual Christmas schedule: two eves, one midnight at 10pm, and two Christmas morning. What about yours?