Merry Christmas, Everyone!
The joyful mystery of Christmas moves people. Even the skeptics and the scrooges end up getting touched by it. Every year, Christmas works its magic on someone. As Chesterton has it: “Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial . . . joy is the uproarious labor by which all things live.” And so even in our unhappy abode, Christmas shows us that grief is the fleeting, superficial thing and joy fundamental.