Friday, December 2, 2011

My Top 25 Christmas Movies List: #24 The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

     The Little Drummer Boy is a holiday classic by Rankin-Bass, the same people that you brought you such stop-motion animated favorites like Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. It's the story of Aaron, a misanthropic boy that has a change of heart after embarking on an adventure to Bethlehem with only a group of animals as his traveling companions and his drum.

    Upon arriving in Bethlehem in search of his camel Joshua, that was sold to three kings, his little lamb, Baabaa, is run over by a chariot. He seeks out the three wise kings, hoping they can help his badly injured friend, but sadly they cannot. They direct him to the stable where he finds the newborn savior, Jesus, and with that a change of heart. After watching the three kings present their gifts to the babe in the manger, Aaron realizes he has no gift to bring. All that he has is the single drum that is his only possession and out of desperation begins humbly playing for the infant.

   All the anger and bitterness that he held in his heart melts away as he gives his only gift to the newborn King. Miraculously his lamb is healed and Aaron is overjoyed and filled with love.

  The movie narration ends with the scripture: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

   Such a simple story but a powerful one. I love the ending of this film most of all, seeing that giving the little that Aaron had was enough for Jesus. And in return he received the most important gift of all: LOVE. If you've never seen this film, I highly recommend watching it. I'm sure it will become one of your new holiday favorites.

Merry Christmas & God Bless!

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