13th December Advent fact:
Believe it or not Jingle Bells, one of the most famous
American Christmas songs, was originally written for Thanksgiving, but the
sleigh bells in the Jingle Bells music made the song popular at Christmas! 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 the Jingle Bells song has been reprised ever since.