What Gifts To Bring?
One of my favorite Christmas Carols is The Little Drummer Boy. A little boy comes to the stable to see the Christ Child but doesn’t have a fancy gift like the other guys. All he has is a drum.
I played my drum for him pah rum pum pum pum,
I played my best for him pah rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum,
then he smiled at me pah rum pum pum pum, me and my drum.
As I get older I’m finding that this is the kind of gift that has more meaning then a piece of jewelry or electronics. The gift of ones-self is the best possible gift anyone could give.
That’s what I’m giving my friends, family, acquaintances, clients, and anyone I touch through my art business this Christmas and into the New Year. I want to give of myself.
The best parts of myself, of course. No one needs my stubbornness or pride. I’ve put a lot of thought into this and what gifts I can give just happen to be all T’s- Tenacity, Tenderness, and Talents.
I don’t know if it has anything with being the oldest in my family, but I’m fairly responsible. I take pride in getting things done (not always in the most timely and organized way, mind you) and being someone that others can count on. I’m tenacious. If I say I’ll do it then I will. There are many uses for a gift like that!
I am a sap. I freely admit it. I tear up when I hear of injustices in the world, when I read of others achieving success after overcoming obstacles, and when I see kids singing Christmas Carols. My kids have to beg me not to cry before their concerts! But that sentimentality means something. It means that I feel strongly about what happens around me. Perhaps I would not make a good soldier but I would be a person you’d want to come back to once the battle is over.
I have been blessed with many skills. Some have developed over time and others come a little naturally. But I’d like to think that these talents can be utilized by others in some capacity or other. My personal belief is that God gave me the talents I have, so therefore they should not be wasted.
What would have happened if it had been three Wise Women instead of three Wise Men?
They would have asked directions,
arrived on time,
helped deliver the baby,
cleaned the stable,
made a casserole,
and brought practical gifts.
What gifts can you bring your loved ones this Christmas that can’t be wrapped under a tree?
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2014!