What exactly did Benjamin Franklin mean when he wrote: “a good conscience is a continual Christmas”? To answer that, I looked for the word in Webster’s Thesaurus and found words like moral sense, inner voice, the still small voice listed.
I sensed this highly shared quote by Benjamin Franklin were incomplete. So, I dug deeper and found this from Goodreads:
Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no ambition corrupt thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollily; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.
I’m reminded that doing good is not just during Christmas time. And we can’t limit ourselves to giving only material things. Let this Christmas be about making time for Christmas coffee, sharing homemade cookies or giving a helping hand.
We live in a world that suffers lack, distress, and loneliness. Let’s do a little extra as quoted by Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts.
A report by Chicago Tribune stated that 22.6 percent of the older population (65 years and older) in America are at risk of aging alone. These are the people who are the loneliest during the holiday season. Gift buying during the holiday season is a big business, but yet many are suffering in the midst of a mountain of gifts.
How about a gift of music? Years ago, when my children were below 10, we sang and performed at a senior center during the holidays. It was a yearly event with a group of kids between the ages of six and 15. This was one of the songs we liked, but we didn’t sing as well as King and Country:
Have a joyous Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2018.