Each week through the holiday season, I'm examining the history of some of our favorite carols you're hearing on the Majic of Christmas.
Snow isn't exactly popular in Texas, particulaly in the Austin area, and neither are sleighs. But that certainly doesn't stop us from singing songs about them.
Jingle Bells was written by an organist from Savannah, Georgia, named James Pierpont around 1850. The song was originally called "One Horse Open Sleigh", but was later changed to "Jingle Bells".
The song was first played around 1857during Thanksgiving, when Pierpont was a church choir director in Savannah. It was so popular, especially among children, that he brought it back for the Christmas season, and it has been a worldwide carol ever since.
Enjoy the music!