a blog in which christmas carols are ruined.

… Well, just one Christmas carol. Jingle Bells, to be exact.

I was at work the other day, chatting with a co-worker. She mentioned that an old boyfriend insisted Jingle Bells was a Thanksgiving song, and could not understand why people sang it at Christmastime. She and her friends teased him about it mercilessly, but he stuck to his guns.

We both laughed at how ridiculous this guy was – after all, the song does not mention turkey, or pilgrims, or giving thanks. True, it doesn’t mention Christmas either, but it does mention snow. Does it snow at Thanksgiving? Not usually. Does it snow at Christmas? More often. It also mentions sleighs. Good enough for us.

Laughing, we googled both the lyrics and the history of the song to prove how right we were. Surprise! Jingle Bells was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857, and was originally written and sung for Thanksgiving.


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