Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

What are we really wishing our fellow men when we send them 'best wishes for Christmas'? Health, enjoyment of each other's company, thriving children, success - all these things too, of course. We may even - why not? - be wishing them a good appetite for the holiday meal. But the real thing we are wishing is the 'success' of the festive celebration itself, not just its outer forms and enrichments, not the trimmings, but the gift that is meant to be the true fruit of the festival: renewal, transformation, rebirth.
Josef Pieper, In Tune with the World