One of my favorite Christmas songs is Sleigh Ride. I prefer the Harry Connick Jr. version but any rendition will do. I love the “whip” part. It just makes the song. I wonder how many other songs actually have a “whip” part? (Now there’s a question for Google).
Sleigh Ride is a fun song but it also teaches us a lesson we need to remember this time of year.
The next to last verse says, “There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy.”
What a great line! In a season where we stand in line at midnight to buy the latest gadget or toy and spend millions of dollars to give each other “just the right thing”, Sleigh Ride reminds us that the best things in life are free.
Don’t get me wrong, I love giving and receiving gifts. It’s fun to watch the kids open presents and it’s nice to get a few new things, but we must remember what really matters doesn’t cost much.
This season let’s focus on giving gifts that may seem inexpensive but are actually priceless. Let’s bring joy to a tough situation or hope to a hopeless one. These items don’t cost much but they certainly can’t be replaced. Giving your gifts, talents, abilities and time to others usually has no financial price tag but it is as precious as the finest gold.
Let’s keep in mind that our lives are the greatest gifts. No HDTV, laptop, I pad or Xbox 360 will ever replace that (and it makes shopping easier too!).