Jingle Bells is not a Christmas song

By jennyd on December 19, 2023
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“Jingle Bells” is a timeless holiday classic – but apparently we’ve all been associating it with the wrong holiday? It was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont, and was originally meant to be sung at Thanksgiving. The original title was “One Horse Open Sleigh” and it was inspired by sleigh races that were popular in the town of Medford, Massaschusetts.

Did you ever notice that “Jingle Bells” doesn’t actually mention Christmas or any holidays?  I am sorry but it will ALWAYS be a Christmas song!

What are your favorite Christmas carols? (Even if people think they are not a “Christmas song”) – Jenny

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