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Christmas TV Classics — Why I Think “The Little Drummer Boy” Is Out of Tune

Each holiday season, new Christmas albums, songs, and movies appear to entice the viewing and listening public.  Many of them are decent, a few of them will become standards, and some of them are downright awful.

Five years ago, before I joined Facebook and before I started my own personal blog, I first addressed the topic I’m talking about today.

A sure sign that the holiday season is here is when the perennial Christmas favorites from our childhood pop up on television, even though many of us own them on DVD or VHS!

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964),


“The Little Drummer Boy” (1968),

Little Drummer Boy

“Frosty The Snowman” (1969),


and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (1970).

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Those are the ones that I’ll call the classics and focus on today.  For the record, I’m older than all of the television versions (okay, only six weeks older than the “Rudolph” television show)!

However, the songs have been around much longer than me:  “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (1934), “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949), “Frosty The Snowman” (1950), and “The Little Drummer Boy” (recorded in 1955, although it was written in 1941 as “Carol of the Drum”).

Now back to the classics.  I have a theory about which one is the least popular and why.  So, last night, after I had already written this blog, I asked my friends on Facebook to tell me their favorite and least favorite of the four classics that I’m talking about today.

Little Drummer Boy

My theory is that most people would list “The Little Drummer Boy”  as their least favorite.

It is the most religious of the classics and that could have something to do with it being ranked lower.  It’s also sad, although Frosty melting, Rudolph being bullied, and the Burgermeister Meisterburger outlawing all toys are not happy themes either.

However, being a biblical story is not the main reason I predicted it to be people’s least favorite — I suspect the reason is that it’s the only one WITHOUT snow!!!!

Snow puts people in the Christmas and holiday spirit and since “The Little Drummer Boy” takes place in the desert, there are no snowflakes, no snow drifts, and no cold winds blowing.

So, when I posed this question to you on Facebook in my unscientific poll, which was the least favorite?


69% chose “The Little Drummer Boy”!  16% picked “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” as their second least favorite followed by “Frosty The Snowman” at 13% and “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” at 2%.

I was correct in my prediction of which one would be picked least favorite.  But, is my reasoning correct???

And, which was listed as the favorite?


52% picked “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”!  That was followed by 23% for “Frosty The Snowman”, 14% for “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, and 11% for “The Little Drummer Boy”.

Snow! Snow! Snow!

Now that I gave you the reasons why I think we don’t like “The Little Drummer Boy” as much as the other classics, tell me which one is your favorite and why and why you didn’t like “The Little Drummer Boy” as much, if you were one of the 69%!

I wish you the very best this holiday season, whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa.