Many churches offer very moving midnight services for Christmas Eve. We often went to Midnight Mass when my brother and I were teenagers but never as little kids. I have several friends who take their elementary age-kids to midnight services. They usually sleep through the service. I have many questions about taking small children to midnight services:
A. How do you get your Santa Claus business done if you’re at church from 11:30 to 1:30 or 2 including travel time?
B. Aren’t you afraid that if they sleep during the service they will wake up heading home and then won’t go back to sleep?
C. If they are sleeping during the service does that defeat the purpose? (Lilina, who had a cold, slept during church last week and it helped me concentrate so much more!)
We usually take our kids to the early afternoon family Mass. The only problem there is it’s often packed – with kids! So it’s tough to get anything super-spiritual out of it. Plus, I got yelled at one time for standing to soothe a crying baby during the hour and a half service. (So that went well.) It’s nice when they have sort of 7 p.m. service that isn’t the children’s service or the midnight one. I like to get in and out under the radar.
So do you take young kids to midnight services at your church for Christmas? Explain to me how you get the Santa business done with that late service? What time service do you usually attend why? When can kids start attending the midnight services?