Niagara Gazette


December 25, 2012

BRADBERRY: Keeping the Spirit year round


Niagara Gazette — By 1958 the words and music to the Christmas song “Little Drummer Boy” composed by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone began to reinforce Mom’s message in a way that we could comprehend and relate to; the words were certainly easy enough, especially the repetitive the “pa rum pum pum pum” that followed every stanza:


“Come they told me

A new born King to see

Our finest gifts we bring

To lay before the King

So to honor Him

When we come.


Little Baby

I am a poor boy too,

I have no gift to bring,

That's fit to give the King,

Shall I play for you

On my drum?


Mary nodded,

The ox and lamb kept time,

I played my drum for Him

I played my best for Him

Then He smiled at me

Me and my drum.”


That image of a poor boy with nothing more to give than his talent, buoyed by the mesmerizing lyrics, struck a chord, and has ever since, stuck in my mind establishing a lifetime reminder that it is not just the material value of the gift; it is the gesture of giving and the ability to accept the gesture, more than the gift itself that matters.

That is the Spirit.

And so, as this year, freshly filled with pain and recent sorrow passes, let us all be filled with the Spirit and give and receive the gift of comfort when and where it is so desperately needed, not only at Christmas time, but all year round.


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