In the busyness of the Christmas season, I'll be reposting some of my favorite posts and scaling back my original content. I'm focusing on Christmas this week and will post a best-of 2012 next week after Christmas. This particular post was published back in 2010.
While we're on the subject of Christmas gifts, what do you give someone who has everything?
Little Drummer Boy is my favorite Christmas song. It has always held a special place in my heart. Watching the music video of David Bowie and Bing Crosby is a vivid memory from my youth. On my tree now are two drummer boy ornaments, one from when I was two years old and the other from when I was four. That adds to the sentimentality, but when I actually stopped to listen to the words, from the perspective of a disciple of Jesus, the song took on its intended meaning. Consider it a musical version of the Parable of the Talents (or "bags of gold" in the new NIV).
While I could show you Bowie and Bing, all they're doing is standing around a piano. Plus the medley takes something away from the meaning of the song, in my opinion. So here's an original version, and a great video from The Almost:
What gift do you bring, no matter how humble, that is fit to give the King?
Play your drum.