It's Christmas Eve, year 2008, but it brings back another memory. When I was in high school, I was in the choir. We sang every Sunday at the 10:00 AM Mass, and on Christmas we sang at the Midnight Mass. Yes, we were able to have Midnight Mass back then.
On Christmas Eve, the choir would arrive early, about 10:30 PM and sing until it was time for Mass. It was a wonderful time, the air was cold and crisp. Almost everyone went to Midnight Mass, you would always see someone you knew. At the time I lived within walking distance of church. We would start practicing for Mass about a month before Christmas. We were good.
Every time I hear "O Holy Night" I remember those days. I've had many Christmas Eves since then, they were filled with happy memories too. But there was something special about Midnight Mass.
On that note, have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas. I hope you too have very happy memories of Christmas.