Art, poetry

The Little Drummer Boy

Christmas girl

Are you an expert in anything? In art? In poetry? In photography? In parenting? In life? In anything at all?

The little drummer boy wasn’t, and he knew it. Heck, he was just a kid. An insignificant little boy. He probably came from a humble background. Maybe his father was a shepherd, which wasn’t considered a first class profession.

One thing he did possess though was curiosity and wonder. Like any little child, he wanted to know what all the excitement was about. “Come!” they told him. “A king has been born and we are taking our finest gifts to honor him.”

That little boy didn’t care if he was amongst the elite. Those that had fine gold and perfume. Those that possessed wealth and wisdom.

When they arrived at the humble stable, the little boy noticed that Jesus was just a poor boy, like him. He had to be, because the rich don’t have babies in stables. He knew, though, that Jesus was special. He was a king. The little boy didn’t feel like he had anything to offer him that would be worthy of honor. Nothing that would be fit for a king. He so badly wanted to give Jesus something, so he offered to play his drum for him. That’s all he had. Nothing material. Nothing with a price tag. Just his little drum that he carried around his neck.

So he played his drum for Jesus. Even the animals swayed with the tune. He played his very best for him, which was probably not perfect, being that he was just a young boy. He played with passion, and gave it his all. He knew he was doing it for a king.

Then Jesus smiled at him. W O W! The story doesn’t mention him smiling at the frankincense. It doesn’t mention him smiling at the myrrh. It doesn’t even mention him smiling at the gold. No. He smiled at the humble performance given with passion. He smiled at the gift given out of humility. The gift given from the heart.


The Little Drummer Boy is my favourite Christmas carol. I love the simplicity and sweetness of it. What is your favourite Christmas carol and why?

The above article was written for the faith arts community, His Kingdom Come, where devotional articles are being published daily for the advent season.



65 thoughts on “The Little Drummer Boy”

  1. I heard the bells on Christmas Day…. because it’s the story of a person hearing the message of God to this broken world:

    I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    Their old, familiar carols play,

    and wild and sweet
    The words repeat
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

    And thought how, as the day had come,
    The belfries of all Christendom

    Had rolled along
    The unbroken song
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

    Till ringing, singing on its way,
    The world revolved from night to day,

    A voice, a chime,
    A chant sublime
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

    Then from each black, accursed mouth
    The cannon thundered in the South,

    And with the sound
    The carols drowned
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

    It was as if an earthquake rent
    The hearth-stones of a continent,

    And made forlorn
    The households born
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

    And in despair I bowed my head;
    “There is no peace on earth,” I said;

    “For hate is strong,
    And mocks the song
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

    Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
    “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

    The Wrong shall fail,
    The Right prevail,
    With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

    1. Awwwwwww, thank you so much Teresa. So sorry for my late response. I was away for almost a week with very little internet access.
      Hope you’re having a lovely holiday season.
      🙂 ❤

    1. Awwwww, thanks so much SG. So sorry for the delay in my response. It’s because I have been away and had very little access to internet.
      Hope you’re having a nice holiday season so far.
      🙂 ❤

      1. No apologies at all. I totally understand. I am having a good season yes. Busy of course but good :)) hope you are too beautiful one ❤️❤️

      2. Yea, life here is hectic at the end of the year. As for me and the holiday season, I’m totally not into it this year. I’m tired, hubby is in Lebanon until the 24th and it’s so hot and sunny. Hahaha.
        Have a great one.
        🙂 ❤

      1. Hi there. Thank you so much for your comment and for reflagging. I’m so glad you liked it.
        Sorry it took me so long to reply. It’s because I was away for almost a week and had very little access to internet. I will be visiting your blog soon.
        Thanks again.

  2. Outstanding. You’re mixed media Christmas girl is precious, your post is wonderful and I adore Pentatonix, especially, their rendition of this song.
    Precious, precious post, my friend. Love, N 🙂 ❤

    1. Awwwww, thank you so much Natalie. I’m so glad you like this. I just love the whimsy girl look. I think that’s my favourite artsy thing to do :-).
      I really like Pentatonix too. I usually put on a Christmas playlist from them on Youtube during the Christmas season, especially when I’m decorating the tree.
      Love and hugs to you Natalie.
      🙂 ❤
      p.s. so sorry it took so long to reply. I was away for almost a week and the internet access I had was almost nil. How did we ever survive without internet, eh Natalie. Lol.

  3. Yes, this is what life is about. Not money or material things but what we can offer with sincerity and from the heart. Beautiful, Staci. Your Christmas girl is sweet!

    1. Hi Geralyn. So sorry for my late reply. It is because I was away for almost a week and the internet access was almost nil. Eek. lol.
      Definitely agree. It’s not about the money or material things, but humility and sincerity of heart. I love this song and its message.
      Thank you so much Geralyn. I’m so glad you like the art piece.
      🙂 ❤

  4. Hi Staci, This is such a sweet story with such a beautiful message! I hope your preparations for Christmas are in full swing ! How have you been?! Did you get some snow there yet?! 🙂

    P.S such a sweet carol, I liked it very much!

    Zee ❤

    1. Hi Zee, I love the story of the little drummer boy. It has spoken powerfully to me, and even brought me to tears. As for Christmas, I live in Brazil so it is summer here right now. No snow for us. Hahaha. However, I am Canadian and grew up with a winter Christmas.
      I was away for a almost a week. The organization I work with had it’s national assembly.
      I’m doing ok, although missing my hubby. He is traveling at the moment, producing a documentary. He only gets back on the 24th, just in time for Christmas dinner.
      I hope you are doing well sweetie.
      Love and hugs
      🙂 ❤

      1. Hehe, awwh well maybe you can have some fake snow around? 😛

        I hope you have a wonderful dinner with your family Staci, I’m sure presents must be ready too? hehe. Happy holidays ! ❤

      2. Hahahahaha. Oh Zee, wouldn’t that be great? Fake snow and 35-39 degree weather. I guess we can always try to make lemonade out of lemons eh. Lol.
        Thank you so much sweetie. And you know, I still need to wrap the gifts. Eek! Do you celebrate Christmas? Just curious.
        Love and hugs.
        🙂 ❤

  5. great devotional here.
    i was wondering though.. is there a scripture reference for the little drummer boy, or was it written like historical fiction, if you know what i mean?

    i really like this song you posted by pentatonix.. their harmony is so beautiful.

    1. Ohhhh, thank you so much Soapie. I’m glad you like it.
      It’s a fictional story. I think you can find the history of it by googling it. I just love this song and its message. The simplicity and purity of it. And Pentatonix did an amazing job.
      I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season. By the way, I’m still waiting for you to pass me your email so I can send you those MP3 songs. You can email me your email address at stacilys1 at gmail dot com.
      Bless you
      🙂 ❤

  6. That was such a cute little inspirational story. We don’t have to be expert in anything to make a difference. We just need to give our effort. Hope you are having a good time preparing for Christmas 🙂 Much love to you.

    1. Heyyyyyyy Lala. It’s so great to see you. Thank you so much for appreciating this little story and post. I love this song and its message. And you are so right, we don’t have to be experts, just do our best.
      Christmas season so far has been hot. hahaha. I grew up with a cold Christmas, but ever since I’ve lived in Brazil, only hot weather. My hubby is in Lebanon and arrives back here on the 24th, just in time for our Christmas celebration.
      How are you by the way? I hope you and your hubby are doing very well, and that you are enjoying the festive season there in United Kingdom.
      Blessing and much love and hugs to you sweetie.
      🙂 ❤

  7. Hi Staci, I was little tied up so couldn’t read all you earlier post, also had to move to a new domain (, will catch up on all your pending ones and looking forward to our exchange of thoughts from the new place.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    1. Oh really? You’ve moved off of WordPress? Awwwww, why? I have been away so I haven’t been very present here either. Thank you so much for letting me know Nihar. I have thought about you actually because it has been quite some time, hasn’t it.
      Hope you’re doing well.

      1. Apology for not in communication, was tied up at different fronts, work and travelling was taking precedent and also at the same time I thought of changing over for better, change is something we all resist and I thought it was time to give a break and break away from the existing platform to a new one for better experience. Hope it will serve the purpose and make it better to discuss and exchange thoughts.
        My pleasure always to have such wonderful discussion with you.

  8. Loved this reflection on The Little Drummer Boy Staci. I always marvel at the simplicity and humble beginnings of that 1st Christmas. Although not part of the original biblical narrative, this is a perfect fit.

    Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful Christmas! 🙂


    1. The Little Drummer Boy is such a beautiful simple story. God has used it to teach me and it has brought me to tears.
      Thank you sooooo much Carl for your sweet words and comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed this.
      I have been away, just back late last night. It’s almost summer here and very hot. A lot different the Christmas I grew up with. I don’t think I’ll ever get totally used to it. Hahaha. Every so often I get the opportunity to spend it with family in Christmas and that’s always nice.
      A very Merry Christmas to you and your family Carl.
      Staci 🙂

      1. Yeah with my wife being an MK, I often think of missionaries away from the familiarities of family traditions around Christmas. This is HUGE what you are doing, and it is not in vain. God sees and knows all you do for Him.
        It must indeed by “different” have Christmas when it is super hot.
        Pray there will be some very special blessings come your way this season.
        God bless you Staci!

      2. Well, after 13 1/2 years, I’m pretty used to it. It sure is nice having it with the family in Canada though.
        Thank you so much Carl. I hope you and your family have a beautiful Christmas filled with peace and joy.
        Many blessings.

  9. I have never. Et anyone who had this as their favorite Christmas carol / so much variety but it seems everyone always pick silent. Ought – hark- and well – the article was flowing and nice

    1. I guess it’s my favorite because of how strongly it has impacted me. Especially the last verse. Such a strong message for me.
      Hope you’re doing well Yvette. I have been super major busy. The holiday season for me (Dec – end of Jan) is not sooooo holiday-ish for me. It’s more work actually. Especially since the hubs has been away most of the month. He gets back tomorrow. Yeah!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.
      🙂 ❤

      1. Thanks so much stac! I can relate to the not “so holiday-ish” and actually my hubs and I don’t really like this holiday – we extract the God and draw boundaries and participate somewhat – but really leaves much to be desired –
        Anyhow – glad you hubs will be back maybe even will be back by the time u read this – mercy Christmas to you too 🎄❤️🎄❤️

  10. Such a Pleasant little story .. I have always loved Christmas Carols, they always have morals to offer.
    And what a cute pink dress on the Christmas girl…wonderful work 🙂

    1. I love your comments Saaransh. You always encourage me so much.
      Thank you so much.
      Yes, Christmas carols seem to have something special about them, don’t they.
      A very Merry Christmas to you, my friend.
      🙂 ❤

  11. I know I already left a comment here – but was putting away holiday cards and someone gave us a drummer boy joke one – I will be back later to share it here because it made me think of this post!

    1. I can’t believe I didn’t receive this message in my notifications. That’s happening a lot to me lately. Hmmmmm. Gotta love WP blups. Looking forward to see the card.

  12. Ahhh, I too wrote a post on him. My favorite line is “and He smiled at me/ me and my drum”.. bringing to Him what I have and not trying to be someone else is what I love about my faith!
    blessings! 😀

    1. Ohhhhh, wonderful moon skittles. Yes, that is my favourite part of the song too. The whole idea of not having to be perfect, but because of his awesomeness, there’s a desire to do my best. And that becomes perfection. And that’s what makes Him smile. Thank you so much for sharing that with me.
      Blessings to you.
      🙂 ❤

  13. Hey Stac – had to come back and share this card – my hubs got it from a friend and I have been thinking of you every time I saw it – reminded me of this post – have a nice day

    1. Hahahahaha. I literally laughed out loud at this one. That’s great. Love it Yvette.
      Thank you so much for sharing this with me and putting a smile on my face.
      🙂 ❤

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