One New Year Sunday a rural
minister rebuked his church officer, not only for arriving late for the
evening service, but also for being the worse for drink, and for falling
asleep during the sermon. The man excused himself by saying that
he had been up the Strath that afternoon, and then added "Ye ken whit it
is like at New Year."
"I know perfectly well"
replied the minister. "I was up the Strath myself this afternoon
visiting, and I am not in the state that you are in."
"No" agreed the beadle
"bit ye arena as popular as A am."
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