Everyone knows the words to “Jingle Bells.”
Watch any elementary school’s Christmas concert, and unless they’ve decided on a non-denominational holiday theme, at least one of the choirs will sing “Jingle Bells.” And you can always rely on someone’s overzealous dad adding in the “hey!” part.
Well, guess what? Nothing we associate with the song is true or historically accurate. Seriously. Nada.
It was originally a Thanksgiving song, not a Christmas song, written by a man named James L. Pierpont. And according to Kyna Hamill, a Boston U professor and VP of the Medford Historical Society, JLP was “kind of a jerk, actually.” He was into sleigh races (the drag races of the 1800s), condoned drunk driving, and didn’t show up to his first wife’s funeral.
Read the rest of the origins of “Jingle Bells” HERE.