Wise words about holidays
The holiest of all holidays are those Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart, When the full river of feeling overflows;
The happy days unclouded to their close;
The sudden joys that out of darkness start
As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
From "Holidays" by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).