Christmas at a Monastery
At a monastery high in the mountains, the monks have a rigid vow of silence. Only at
Christmas, and only by one monk, and only with one sentence, is the vow allowed to
One Christmas, Brother Thomas is allowed to speak and he says, "I like the mashed
potatoes we have with the Christmas turkey!" and he sits down. Silence ensues for
The next Christmas, Brother Michael has his turn and says, "I think the mashed
potatoes are lumpy and I hate them!"
Once again, silence ensues for 366 days (it's leap year). The following Christmas,
Brother Paul rises and says, "I am fed up with this constant bickering!"