The comic essayist David Sedaris perfectly captures the absurdity of ritual in his famous French-class skit. Sedaris, an American, attempts to describe in broken French how "the rabbit of Easter ... he bring of the chocolate ... he come in the night when one sleep on a bed." His Polish and Italian classmates scoff at the idea of a small, long-eared mammal that sneaks into children's homes each spring to lavish them with sweets.
"No, no," counters Sedaris's teacher. "Here in France the chocolate is brought by a big bell that flies in from Rome."