Added: Sat. Dec 22, 2012 8:28am
Christmas might seem to be a strange time
of talk about a Nero Wolfe novel by the author Rex Stout. However, the murder
mystery, Christmas Party, is one of four stories in his novel, And Four To Go.
As the story's title might suggest, the murder took place at a Christmas party
hosted by the murder victim, Kurt Weill. At one point during the party and
before his murder, Weill gave a toast to Christmas.
Although I read that story some time ago, I
copied that toast for it seems to succinctly express the feelings and emotions
we all have during the Christmas season. It is a time when for the moment we
set aside our ill feelings towards others. It is a time when we experience the
joy in giving as well as the joy in receiving. It is a time to share time with
family and good friends. It is a time when love and caring looms large in our
lives. For so many reasons it is the most precious of holidays we celebrate.
It is in writing this musing that I realize
how inadequate I am as a writer to express the warm thoughts and feelings I
have for you - family, friends, and readers of my musings. Knowing that I may
have given you a few moments of enjoyable reading or touched your life in some
small way is perhaps one of the greatest presents I can receive. While it might
not appear under the Christmas tree, it is a gift that I will long remember.
Now let me retell the toast by Rex Stout as
spoken through his character Kurt Weill; I could not have said it better.
repeat, there are times when love takes over. There are times when all the
little demons disappear down their rat holes, and ugliness itself takes on the
shape of beauty; when the darkest corner is touched by light; when the coldest
heart feels the glow of warmth; when the trumpet call of good will and good
cheer drowns out all the Babel of mean little noises. This is such a time.
Merry Christmas! Merry, merry, merry!"
So in this simple Christmas musing, Bonnie
and I want to wish you and yours the merriest of Christmases, and the peace and
comfort that comes this time of the year. May these good tidings be with you in
the coming year. Blessings to you and yours, to each and everyone. - John