One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A religious service held on New Year's Eve or Christmas Eve.
- ‘There will be the usual short watchnight service at 11.40 pm on Friday December 31st followed by ringing in of the New Year and refreshments.’
- ‘It is marked by special watchnight services at the Christian church and children singing carols.’
- ‘Each December 31st we used to have a watchnight service in the Argentinian town in which I spent my childhood.’
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