Advent: December 2nd – Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells is probably one of the most well known of Christmas songs. It originally dates back to 1857 when a guy named James Lord Pierpont created a song called “One Horse Open Sleigh” for Thanksgiving, yes, that’s right, it’s not even traditionally a Christmas song! (thanks, Katy)

I couldn’t find an original video of the song, as you may expect, but I did find a self-playing piano which plays the original version of the tune. Whilst it’s instantly recognisable, there are differences between the original and the more modern versions of the song.

Since the first video doesn’t have any words, I have decided to share one of the many versions created by popular culture, this is Dean Martin’s version.

I wouldn’t be me (a lover of Australian culture) if I didn’t share with you a final version of the song, with an Australian twist. It’s a firm favourite of mine.

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