It’s very easy: So long as you don’t hear “The Little Drummer Boy,” you’re a contender. As soon as you hear it on the radio, on TV, in a store, wherever, you’re out. You record your loss on the official reporting form, and you tell us about it on the Facebook wall, along with the time and place of your demise.
(Special note: You cannot be done in by anyone tricking you into hearing the dreaded tune or otherwise hitting you with it on purpose. Such exposure doesn’t count.)
What’s the time frame? The game begins the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) at 12:01 am and continues until midnight, Dec. 23. If you haven’t been puh-rum-pum-pum-pummed, you win. For this year, anyway.
Please note: I did not create the concept of avoiding the song “The Little Drummer Boy” over the holiday season. I run this version of the game. Other versions predate this one. Two can be found here and here. Whichever version or versions you choose to play, we hope you enjoy it.