Jingle Bells used to be a Thanksgiving song

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells, the iconic Christmas carol, was originally written to be a Thanksgiving song. James Pierpont (1822-1893), a music director at a church in Massachusetts, wrote the song to play at his Sunday school for Thanksgiving in 1857. Piermont was at a tavern when he was inspired by the sleigh races in the street outside. The song quickly caught on, a few lyrics were changed to make it more suitable for a Christmas song, and the name was changed from “One Horse Open Sleigh” to “Jingle Bells”.


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