I don’t use a lot of religious songs in music therapy sessions at this time of year. I do if the client asks for them, or if I know they’re a religious family. However, generally, I keep them separate from your 12 Days and your Rudolphs and your decking of halls.
However, one that I do throw in every now and then is Little Drummer Boy. This is a religious song about the birth of Jesus, but it’s not a story found in the Bible, nor is Jesus named in the song. Instead, it’s about a poor boy who wants to give something and then gives the best that he can, the gift of music. And I think it’s a really good message, one that I like sharing with people. Not so much the Christian aspect as the thought of being able to share musically with others. Plus, the “pa rum pum pum pum” motif is a fun one to repeat and addresses some good enunciation skills, particularly the letters P, R, and M.
So that’s my little Christmas tidbit for the day. Thanks for reading!