"The Little Drummer Boy" (originally known as "Carol of the Drum") a popular Christmas song, was written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. It was composed as a children's song, then she expanded it to a chorale. It was recorded in 1955 by the Trapp Family Singers and further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale. This version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since.
The popularity of the "The Little Drummer Boy" can be seen by the number of cover versions, a total of over 220 versions in seven languages are known, in all kinds of music genres.
What story is being told? A little boy responded to a request of the Magi to entertain the baby Jesus and his mother Mary. The boy is embarrassed that he has so little to offer this glorious baby. This little boy had a unique "gift" to give God's son, Jesus.
It's a lesson for all of us – when we think we have no gift to offer – we really do. Often a small talent, a small gift of time perhaps or a small act of kindness.
This is the time of year was should remember our simple, small gifts can make a huge difference for a few people. Maybe someone close to us or a complete stranger, but we must act. We must make a sacrifice, yes for others, but also for ourselves.
Go out, now, ring a bell, call a friend, write a note to a family member, give money, however small, to someone who needs it.
Merry Christmas to you and the ones you love!
John Hensrud, REALTOR