My parents came from two different religious backgrounds. My mother was Catholic and my father was Jewish. My brother and I were brought up viewing both religions, and all religions, as equally valid. I consider this one of the greatest gifts my family every gave me.
As children we celebrated both holidays, Christmas and Hanukkah. As I grew older I began to see this time of year as special regardless of religious background.
It was impossible not to be influenced by Christmas songs. As a teenager I worked many retail jobs in New Jersey malls and Christmas songs are the soundtrack of this time of year.
Many Christmas songs do not resonate with me. Many more I have heard so many times working in malls that they have lost all meaning.
However, I have loved The Little Drummer Boy.
The Little Drummer Boy is about the power of The Arts.
I have always deeply believed that as humans we all have to ability to connect to The Arts. We can all sing. And dance. And write. Draw pictures. And...drum.
The Little Drummer Boy arrives with no gifts, no money, and no social standing. His gift to the baby Jesus is the most human of all gifts, the gift we ALL have, The Arts.
Having been brought up seeing all religions as universal and true, the simple act of drumming resonated with me the most.
Pa-rum Pa Pum Pum!
(Plus, we did get the awesome Joan Jett version of the song!)
(And this awesome African Tribal Version by Alex Boye' ft. Genesis Choir which I just learned about writing this post!)