As a child, I remember looking forward to the special television programs in December. “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” were among my favorites. My most anticipated show, “The Little Drummer Boy,” is our feature this week. Produced in 1968, this 25 minute DVD tells the story of Aaron, an orphan wandering ancient Israel with a travelling show and its corrupt leader. His life is unhappy but his drum and animal friends provide solace. Aaron’s travels lead him to encounter the three Wise Men. He decides to follow them in their difficult search for the king. Much to his surprise, he finds that their king is a little baby. He can see that this child is special and desires to give him a gift. After searching his heart, he realizes his truest gift is a song. The “rum-pah-pum-pum” of his drum, delivered with great love, draws the animals and people into “nodding and keeping time” with this heartfelt musical gift. My pastor, Fr. Leo Hodges teaches the three “A’s” of Advent: Affirmation, Attention, and Affection. In “The Little Drummer Boy,” Aaron offers these gifts for Jesus. In his poverty, Aaron gives his fullest attention to Jesus and offers his talents. His gift is given with pure affection without expectation of any return. These are the best gifts we can give to each other. Selfless giving opens our hearts to Jesus’ gift of transforming love.
Take a walk down memory lane, or introduce the children in your life to this Christmas classic by ordering the featured DVD at click here. Please call Diane Gallagher @ 407-246-4895 for assistance in using audiovisual media in faith formation for all age groups.
For a beautiful a cappella rendition of the song “Little Drummer Boy” click here.