Christmas Carol Classics: Jingle Bells

“Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh yeah”

Today’s song is the classic “Jingle Bells” and you can listen to a very classic rendition here.  I decided to include this song not because it’s such a classic and everyone knows it, but because of what came up in my research while deciding which songs to do.

It was originally published in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont.  Interestingly enough it wasn’t published as a Christmas song, but that’s what we know it as today.  Originally it was a drinking song and a reminder of the freedoms couples could have when riding on a sleigh unchaperoned.  And jingle bells were originally seen as a practical noise, whereas now we see them as a reminder of Christmas and Santa’s sleigh coming. The song is also one of the most famous to be recreated into another tune, Jingle Bell Rock.

That said, Jingle Bells is one of those songs that brings out the kid in all of us, something that the holiday season is notorious for doing.  Even the most serious of things need a little fun too, like the way in 1965 Gemini 6 astronauts decided to play a prank on Mission Control and told them that they were seeing a shape traveling north to south close to the earth and then used a harmonica and sleigh bells to send the melody of Jingle Bells back to Mission Control.  So let the song remind you to have some fun this Christmas.  Don’t worry so much about getting the right gift, instead, enjoy the people you’re with and the life you have.

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