Music Trivia: Answer 7

Although all four songs could be used for the entire winter season, only one is believed to be written for another holiday. “Jingle Bells” was originally written in the mid-19th century as “One Horse Open Sleigh” by James Pierpont. There are several origin stories, but the most popular is that Pierpont wrote the song for a Thanksgiving program at his father’s Sunday school; the song proved to be so popular the children were asked to sing the song again at Christmas, and it has been tied to the latter holiday ever since. The song didn’t truly become a Christmas staple until after Bing Crosby’s jazzy version of it with the Andrews Sisters in 1943.

Sources: Snopes, Mental Floss, Wikipedia, and American Music Preservation.

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