According to Google’s Santa Tracker, Santa Claus delivered billions of gifts to children overnight.
The 3 wise men came to a manger bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Christmas is often known and hailed for a time of gifts.
We put up with the craziness of malls and the bitterness of debt just to be able to give something to someone.
We spend money in an effort to show we care.
We intertwine materialism with love.
I’m not naive enough to think this will ever go away. It’s won’t. Nor should it.
I’d be a hypocrite to say I wasn’t excited to receive my Centrum multivitamins, reusable beeswax cling wrap and New Zealand sheep fluff dryer balls!
However, today I’d like to celebrate the unsung hero of Christmas.
The symbol of the season of what it means to give and gift.
The reminder of what each of us brings that goes beyond stuff, money and materialism.
You might know him from a simple song that gets thrown around at this time of year.
He was a poor boy. He had no gift to bring.
But nonetheless he showed up …
God knows how the little drummer boy managed to run into the 3 kings and get invited to see a newborn king – he must be either a badass manifestor or just has some serious luck.
Besides the point, with the world so focused on outside stuff, the little drummer boy reminds of what we have to give from the inside – our innate born passion, talents, skills, personality and love.
After Christmas, while anything you unwrapped will lose its excitement, who you are and what you’ve brought with you into this world, will never lose its appeal. Deep down, all of us want to leave having given more than we took. We want to bring forth what has been given exclusively to us. We want to create, care, and contribute in a way that not even a price tag can measure the value of.
While we might not always know what that is or be confident in its of value, ever day we are given the chance to try.
We can start a blog or write a book; open the door to a new business or hold the door for a stranger; invest in our kids or invest in an idea; open the floodgates to our creativity or narrow in our focus to logically figure things out. No matter what it is, you… yes you have been given a secret we are all anxious to hear. Only you hold the key to something that can set the rest of us free.
Dig deep… look beyond.. bring forth, whatever the song.
For the world is waiting… pa rum pum pum pum.
*Disclaimer* Picture in main image may not accurately reflect the drum the little drummer boy used. Well, maybe, if the stable was actually a club, but highly doubtful.