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Saturday, October 2, 2010

We wish you a...

These past couple of days, I've had Christmas songs going through my head. I suppose it doesn't help that some of our church members have been picking them for "Favorites Night" or that my friend, Jimmy Dean, has singing turrets that involve the beloved songs of the Christmas season. And then, on Thursday, one of the things we did on our school field trip to the Pumpkin Patch was riding a wagon pulled by a tractor. Right, it has nothing to do with snow or thoughts of Christmas, but guess what song was being sung by us? Jingle Bells. I guess it just comes from not knowing any 'fall' songs...or we just can't wait for Christmas to come :) I normally wait until after Thanksgiving before breaking out all the Christmas CD's and music...but, Christmas should be celebrated year round, don't you think? Besides, two weeks isn't that early...but, I suppose I shall try to contain myself until after Monday, October 11...Thanksgiving Day--Canadian style ;)

I'll leave you with this song till then....


Believe it or not Jingle Bells, one of the most famous American Christmas songs, was originally written for Thanksgiving! The author and composer of Jingle Bells was a minister called James Pierpoint who composed the song in 1857 for children celebrating his Boston Sunday School Thanksgiving. The song was so popular that it was repeated at Christmas, and indeed Jingle Bells has been reprised ever since. The essence of a traditional Christmas is captured in the lyrics of Jingle Bells and the sound effects using the bells have become synonymous with the arrival of sleigh bells to the delight of children of all ages!



Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way--Hahaha!

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!


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