In many parts of the world, today is celebrated as Christmas Eve.

Remember Archie Bunker of TV’s “All in the Family” fame?
In one episode, e said to his wife Edith, on Christmas Eve:
“Stifle, Edith. Let’s have a little Silent Night around here for a change.
I’m the only one thinking of the real solemn meaning of Christmas.
Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace and quiet contemplation.”

Edith replied “But Archie, I think you’re allowed to be jolly, too.”
“Sure, Edith. I never said you shouldn’t be jolly.  Just be jolly with your mouth shut.”

When I first saw that episode,
I was not amused by Archie’s disrespectful response to Edith.
Recently,  I saw that episode again and other responses came to mind.

In light of political happenings south of the border
affecting people around the world,
how can people “stifle”?

Where has the joy
… the zest for life
… the hope in a better tomorrow gone?

As I pondered and prayed and reflected,
an image of children entered my thoughts
… their innocence
… their infectious eyes and smiles
… their ability to enter into the joy of life with their imagination intact
… their anticipation and sheer delight at the holidays and birthdays
… and their wide-eyed awe at the sight of a new puppy or kitten

Children are a wonderful reminder that ultimately
… good *can* conquer evil
… hope *can* overcome despair
… love *can* obliterate hatred
… joy *can* permeate sadness.

But, if we ‘stifle’ and don’t speak out
… against injustice
… against lies
… against alternative facts
… against what is happening that we know is wrong
there will be no children left
to teach us how to live
with hope, goodness, love, joy.

Let’s let the children teach us.

Merry Christmas Eve!

In the spirit of gift-giving, I hope you will receive the Soulistry “Twelve Days of Christmas” blog series which begins with this Christmas Eve post and for the actual Twelve Days of Christmas as gift, with much love.  Comments on any Soulistry blog post ( are always welcome. Thank you.   June Maffin


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