"Jingle Bells" Is A Thanksgiving Song: What?

Two people ride across a field in a one-horse open sleigh ca. 1930. (Getty Images)

As one of the best-loved songs of the Christmas season, "Jingle Bells" has become part of our holiday culture, but there is more to this catchy ditty than meets the ear. For one thing, "Jingle Bells" is a Thanksgiving song, not a Christmas song, but that's just the tip of the snowball. Let's take a closer look at the history of this well-known song, how it came to be, and how it became a Christmas standard.