Andy Griffith passed away more than a year ago, but his memory lives on every day as his TV shows and movies are aired all over America. The iconic “Andy Griffith Show” is one most of us remember watching while growing up. The first season the show was on featured a Christmas special. In the episode, local department store owner Ben Weaver—a crusty, old curmudgeon—insists Andy jail a man over Christmas. Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee, the prisoner’s wife and children, and others end up spending Christmas Eve in the jailhouse, celebrating together.
By the end of the episode, the department store owner is so touched by how happy everyone is, he has a change of heart and joins everyone celebrating Christmas.
The episode, which is kind of a condensed-version of A Christmas Carol, may seem a little cheesy today, but it’s wholesome. I once heard a preacher say, “If you want to know how to treat people, treat them the way Andy Griffith would.”
It’s true. “Sheriff Taylor” always greeted people with a smile and made them feel welcome no matter who they were. I think most of us would like to be treated that way.
Every year it seems like this season becomes a little less jolly. Between frantic shopping sprees and busy get-togethers, it’s easy to lose sight of what we’re celebrating. This Christmas I hope we all can pause and remember the reason we have joy at Christmastime, and I hope we remember to treat others “the way Andy Griffith would.”
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Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.