One of the songs that you might sing for Christmas is “Jingle Bells.” It’s a song that talks about horses and snow and riding in a sleigh. However, the song wasn’t intended to be sung at Christmas. It was designed to be a Thanksgiving song. When you walk through a shopping mall or turn on the radio in the car during the Christmas season, you’ll usually hear this song. Some people will start singing it at Thanksgiving, but most won’t start listening to or singing it until December begins.
James Lord Pierpont wrote the song in the 1850s. He wrote the words to sing to his Sunday School class in Boston. Initially, the song was written to commemorate the sleigh races that took place over Thanksgiving. Children enjoyed the song as well as adults. Pierpont later changed a few of the lyrics to make it more of a Christmas tune instead of one that is just for Thanksgiving. There isn’t any indication as to whether the song talked about turkeys or snow initially, but the song now is known for the horses and the sleigh and the snow, all coming together to present a beautiful image for the Christmas season.