“The Little Drummer Boy” carol has many version from various artist. While I love them all, my favorite is the one I first heard in my youth, sung by the Trapp Family Singers. It was on their Christmas with the Trapp Family Singers. It was called “The Carol of the Drum.”
The reason I enjoy this carol more than most is because it is about a small child from a poor family, (I always thought he was a farmer,) that gave the only thing he could give. The love of song and playing his drum. Our family made do with what we had. We made our own Christmas gifts and tree ornaments, and sang songs while doing so.
When visiting and baking at my Great Aunt Carrie’s house the songs we sang were accompanied by, my father on harmonica, my uncle on a washboard, my cousins playing spoons. Not your usual musical instruments. Sadly no one in the family learned how to play them to carry the tradition on to the next generation. Every time I hear “The Little Drummer Boy,” those memories of family invade my senses. I can smell the baked goods, hear the words being sung, feel the music vibrate my heart and feel the love surrounding our family.
If you would like to read about the history of “The Little Drummer Boy” carol, go to the Wikipedia page link. May it bring you Comfort and Joy as you read and listen to the music.
Merry Christmas and Happy healthy New Year to all.