The rules of this game are simple:
- Avoid hearing the song “The Little Drummer Boy” (LDB) from dawn on November 1 through dawn on December 26. The bonus round is from dawn on December 26 to dawn on January 2.
- “Hearing the song” means hearing any live or recorded version of the song, in any medium, in part or in total, including any obvious notes or lyrics from the song.
- Singing, humming, or playing the song to yourself is not an exception, nor is playing the song to knock others out of the game.
- Jedi-level players will avoid “hearing” the song in their head!
- The game is played on the honor system. You can ask other players their opinions on a ruling, but ultimately only you know in your heart whether you are in or out.
- Tree-in-the-forest ruling: If the song is on, but for one reason or another you do not hear it (meaning you are not consciously aware of the song being on), you are not out.