Celebrate Christmas eve the Kerala way with the intense festive midnight mass.
There are two good reasons to catch this. The location besides the backwaters is wonderful and the local congregation separated into male on one side and female on the other are have an intense belief that is thrilling. The final revealing of the christ behind the altar is drama itself. This is christian ritual meets Indian melodrama.
The other reason is that this is one of St Thomas's own churches. Of course, not the building, but the ground itself is sanctified by almost two thousand years of Christian worship. The prayer here is as old as St Peters in Rome.
Combine them both and you experience a Christmas without consumerism. Ancient faith yearly renewed by modern constancy.