One of our all time favorite Christmas songs is The Little Drummer Boy. It tells the story of a poor boy who visits baby Jesus in the manger but has no money to buy an expensive gift that’s “fit to give a king”. So he thinks for a minute, takes stock of his available talents and resources, and comes up with a gift that doesn’t cost any money at all: playing his drum.
This year, you’ll probably buy a lot of gifts for the people on your list. In addition to all those store-bought socks, scarves, and flipper warmers, we want you to give at least one gift that doesn’t cost any money at all. It could be a service of some kind – like the little drummer boy did – or something that you make out of everyday stuff. Either way, you’re giving of yourself, which we think is the true meaning of Christmas!
It’s amazing what you can make with the things that happen to be lying around, if you get creative. This very calendar, for example, was conceived of at around 5:30 p.m. on November 30, developed in a hot chocolate-fueled all-nighter using free software like WordPress and launched the next day on December 1.
But that’s chopped mackerel compared to what 16 year old Sean Quigley accomplished when he decided to create his own version of Little Drummer Boy. His brilliant music video has received nearly a million views on YouTube in less than two weeks. Not only did he arrange, record, and mix all the music himself, he also directed and edited the video, all on a shoe-string budget. If that weren’t enough, he sang the vocals and played all the instruments on the track: guitar, keyboard, and of course, drums. His resulting Christmas gift to the world would no doubt make baby Jesus smile.
What will you create with your available talents and resources this Christmas? Let us know!