The rules of this game are simple:

  1. 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.
  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.
  3. Singing, humming, or playing the song to yourself is not an exception, nor is playing the song to knock others out of the game.
  4. Jedi-level players will avoid “hearing” the song in their head!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.