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What I really miss is a true Midnight Mass at Christmas. I always spend Christmas with my father, and his church does the Vigil Mass at 5:00pm.
I just like having the freedom to make a choice as an adult and I'm lucky my parish offers a lot of masses.
I am a more traditional Catholic, so I prefer to follow the way the Church has always done it apart from the social and modernistic pressures the Church has felt since Vatican II.
Traditionally, the liturgical day begins at sundown. The traditional time for sundown is usually considered to be around 4 PM on. That goes back all the way to the Old Testament and was and still is the way the Jewish Faith reckons the beginning of the liturgical day. It was adopted by the Church from the beginning.
St. Justin Martyr wrote that they gathered on the day of the Sun (Sunday) in 155 ad. While the vigil mass was celebrated the evening before, it was commemorated as part of a feast that was completed Sunday. The either or viewpoint did not come about until JPII, or at the very least until after Vatican II.
Allowing to go to mass on Saturday is a very recent option.
Traditionally it has always been Sunday proper.
The law does not set any condition such as "you can only fulfill it on the evening before if you are completely unable to make it on the day itself".
So, while it is indeed permissible for anyone to attend the Saturday vigil Mass, one who wants to do the "right" thing might want to look at the original intention rather than a reluctant compromise forced by extensive dissent.
I always attended on Sundays until my parents' parish started offering a Saturday evening Mass. It was then I started meeting them and began attending on Saturdays.