“Jingle Bells” is a classic song sung at Christmas time, but it didn’t start out that way.
First published in 1857, it was written by James Lord Pierpont, to be sung on Thanksgiving!
In the 1800 sleigh races were very popular in Massachusetts and Georgia (either one of those cities is believed to be the birthplaces of the song.) Therefore the original name of the song was “One Horse Open Sleigh,”
The lyrics of the song, to modern ears, sound very Christmasy “dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh.” However; there’s no mention of Christmas itself and the “sleigh” isn’t Santa’s. (Santa’s sleigh, if you remember is an eight-reindeer one, with apologies to Rudolph.)
Regardless to what you call the song, how you sing it or where you use it, Britanica wishes you to have happy holidays, enjoy all the national and international carols and to spread joy and happiness in this jolly season.
Did you know that Astronauts Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford made “Jingle Bells” the first song heard from space on Dec. 16, 1965? Neither did I. We are learning together here.