What Shall We Give?


A favorite Christmas hymn in our home is the carol “What Shall We Give?” Originally a Catalan song called “El Noi De La Mare” (The Child of the Mother), the song was popularized with an American audience a decade ago when it was arranged by Mack Wilburg and performed by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. The lyrics ask one simple question: What gift can we offer to Jesus?

What shall we give to the Babe in the manger,

What shall we offer the Child in the stall?

Incense and spices and gold we’ve got plenty;

Are these the gifts for the King of us all?


What shall we give to the Boy in the temple,

What shall we offer the Man by the sea?

Palms at His feet and hosannas uprising;

Are these for Him who will carry the tree?


What shall we give to the Lamb who was offered,

Rising the third day and shedding His love?

Tears for His mercy we’ll weep at the manger,

Bathing the Infant come down from above.

In a music video for this arrangement of the song, three modern-day wise men—a father and his two teenage sons, go about an evening offering gifts of service, both on their own and then together, before returning home to their family to play the part of the three wise men in a live nativity.

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