I’m a poor boy to

christmas

This year I decided we would start a new Holiday tradition and put our Christmas tree up on Thanksgiving eve.  I was full of the Christmas spirit and was excited to spend the night with my boys decorating the tree, singing Christmas songs and baking cookies. Forty-five minutes in two children had been put in time-out and one spanked, Josh and Beckett got bored with fluffing the tree branches and the festivities were said and done half-way through the tree decorating.

I completed the tree over the next few days and smile now thinking of what a pain Christmas really can be.  Even when we try to make it fun, for our kids or even ourselves, there is a certain chaos to it all that leaves us – well me – exhausted. As a society we are considered consumers but it seems that I am being consumed by what the world reflects as a jolly holiday season.

I have avoided 104.5 and all Christmas music thus far in an attempt to slow down the train and regain some control over what our holiday experience and traditions would include.

In my quest for control, Pentatonix’s acapella version of Little Drummer Boy derailed said quest. It’s good. Like really good. I have never given this song a chance lyrically because of all the pa rum pum pum pums….but this version prompted me to look up the lyrics and I felt I could relate to the writer’s story of a poor boy feeling unprepared to meet King Jesus.

This story~song is a fictional guess of one small boy’s experience on the night that Jesus was born.  The message is simple. It’s simplicity is what makes this song and this version so great. The small boy had nothing of material value to give Jesus.  So he gave what he had, he played his drum for him.  And he gave Jesus his best.  I love the visual of the following lines: ( I deleted several pa rum pum pum pums…spell check hates them)

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy to,
I have no gift to bring,
That’s fit to give a 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, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

What if this holiday season we took our eyes and energy off of the tradition and          hoop-la and gave Jesus our best? What if we start by asking him “What shall I give you?”  By giving him our best we would be giving the world our best. We would be giving our friends, co-workers, family, spouses, children the best Christmas possible through love, kindness, friendship, charity or compassion. WE could change the world.

I have had many days where I felt I had nothing to offer my King; that my actions and attitudes turned people from him instead of sending them running into his arms. I have felt unworthy and ashamed, but I am forgiven. And that is enough for me. So I am challenging myself to give Jesus my best this Christmas, and I hope it will create a Christmas my kids won’t forget. I want him to smile at me.

Attached is the youtube version of this song- and the complete lyrics at the bottom.

~Merry Merry Christmas to you. Slow down and smell the pine trees~

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to honour Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy to, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give a king, par rum pum pum
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

~For unto you born this day in the city of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.~

Luke 2:11. Amen.

2 thoughts on “I’m a poor boy to

  1. Love this! I just listened to this version for the first time today also :) I remember a few years ago God stirred my heart with this song as well. Powerful lyrics. Definitely one that stirs us to realize God wants our heart more than anything … that IS the true spirit of Christmas. :)

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