Christmas Story Character on Christmas Eve

Which Christmas Story Character?

By Jeff Salter

Well, it’s Christmas Eve and Hound Day … and my task is to note which Christmas story character I’d like to be.

Let me start, as I sometimes do, with a hedge: there are characters I indentify with, but would not necessarily want to “be.” For example, I sometimes identify with the father in the terrific film, “A Christmas Story” — you know the guy who buys the BB gun for Ralphie and gets the leg lamp shipped to him as a contest prize. Another character I identify with is the angel (played by Cary Grant) in “The Bishop’s Wife” — he gets to court lovely Loretta Young… even though he cannot have an actual relationship with her (and would not want to break up her marriage with David Niven anyway).


It was a strain to arrive a character I’d want to BE. But I think I found one — the little drummer boy. I’ve always loved that recording (the original, from about 1958). I’ve seen dramatizations of that story, but I prefer the brief simplicity of the song lyrics.

The boy hears about the savior’s birth and that people are bringing their finest gifts to honor him. The boy wants to visit but considers himself unworthy. After all, he’s lowly born and poor, with no appropriate gift to bring. All he has is his musical talent and a (probably homemade) drum.

But he has heart, and a desire to see the newborn king. Despite his own reservations, and possibly discouragement from others, he approaches and gives his gift — his pa rum pum pum pum. Mary nods and baby Jesus smiles.

So this boy is someone I can identify with — ordinary origins and position… no fancy gift fit for a king. But he does one thing well, and that’s playing his drum. It’s his gift and also a gift he can share with the savior.

Little Drummer Boy
[Words and music composed by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati, and Harry Simeone in 1958]

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 honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum 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.

Which Christmas story character would you want to be? Why?

[JLS # 259]


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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9 Responses to Christmas Story Character on Christmas Eve

  1. jbrayweber says:

    Love the post (and the hedge). And I think your choice is fitting.
    Since I’ve never really thought about which Christmas character I’d want to be, I don’t really have an answer. I will say that my favorite all-time Christmas movie is A Christmas Story. I think I can relate to Ralphie pretty well, too. I also love Christmas Vacation and It’s A Wonderful Life. Oh…and Die Hard! Yes, that is a Christmas movie. LOL!

    Merry Christmas, Hound.

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  2. The Little Drummer Boy is a great choice. I always loved the song. Merry Christmas Jeff.

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  3. That is a very unique choice, Jeff!
    I wrote my post earlier before the crunch-time, (NOW,I’m getting offline NOW), and one I had not considered now is The Littlest Angel. I cry every time I think of the story, which they showed me in school when I was in second grade.I have the book for my sons, but it was hard.I went to tell the story recently and cried; I guess those poor little fellas just grab hearts!

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Beautiful choice, Jeff. That song is one of my favorites, too. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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