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In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
Tell the group they will learn and sing a song that demonstrates an intangible gift that is given and received. Say:
In the story, Nelson thought his green blanket was the gift. He was upset when it got lost. But really the present was the time he spent and the love he shared with his Nana Elsa. After we sing "Little Drummer Boy," see if you can tell me what the real gift is in this song.
Teach the children the song, one verse at a time. Then distribute percussion instruments if you have them, or invite children to pat their thighs or stamp their feet to emphasize the "rum pum pum pums" as you sing it through together once or twice.
Suggest they consider the percussive noises they make as a gift of music. You might invite them to demonstrate:
The animals and people who hear the little drummer boy in this song do not receive a present they can see or touch or keep. But they all know they are getting a wonderful, real gift when they hear the drummer boy's music. Even the ox and lamb keep time with him and the baby Jesus smiles. The baby seems to know the boy is giving love in the form of music.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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