“Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving song.
James Pierpoint composed “One Horse Open Sleigh” in 1857 for children celebrating Thanksgiving.
It was such a hit that it was sung again at Christmas and the tradition stuck.
The title was changed two years later to “Jingle Bells”.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, but it wasn’t observed as a national holiday until 1863.
Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” wrote letters for 17 years campaigning to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Finally, President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday 240 years after the tradition started in Plymouth, Ma.