Alice Tippit

[I]n the messianic night, the creature’s gesture is loosed of any magical-juridical-divinatory density, and becomes simply human and profane. Here, there is no longer any sign or marvel in the divinatory sense; but, since all signs have their fulfillment, man is freed by signs […] Only the representatives of the world of magic and law, the Magi, are featured in an act of adoration – at least to begin with, before they melt into the nameless crowd: elsewhere, all ritual traces dissolve into the economic innocence of the quotidian.

– Agamben, ‘Fable and History: Considerations on the Nativity Crib’