July: Christmas in July


The Juggler story is told year-round, but many adaptations set the story at Christmastime. So deck the halls with boughs of holly (fa la la lala, lala la la) – it’s Christmas in July!

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Dear Santa… The story of the Juggler of Notre Dame reemerged during the Gothic Revival at the close of the 19th century. During this period, Christmas cards and books hearkened back to medieval times as they sought to evoke the warmth and familiarity of the Yuletide season.

Airborn Acrobat. Medieval entertainer characters appeared not only in Christmas cards but as Christmas tree ornaments. This juggler is most at home suspended decoratively on a Christmas tree.

Ceramic Christmas Jester with Instrument Ornament (Kurt S. Adler).

Let It Snow. The tale of the Little Drummer Boy – a boy who had nothing to offer as a gift but his music – echoes the story of the Juggler of Notre Dame, who had nothing to give but his juggling talents.

“Drummer Boy Waterglobe” (San Francisco Music Box Company, 20th century).

Pa Rum Pum-Pum-Pum. Katherine K. Davis, who composed “The Little Drummer Boy” in 1941, said that she thought of the song as she was “trying to take a nap” and that the words “practically wrote themselves.” After the Trapp Family recorded the song as “The Carol of the Drum” in 1955, the drummer boy’s story has been a staple during the Christmas season.

Little Drummer Boy (Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament, 1993).