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Updated December 21st, 2023 at 13:39 IST

Christmas 2023: International fame to controversies, fun facts about Jingle Bells

These fascinating facts add a layer of history and intrigue to the beloved holiday tune, making Jingle Bells a festive melody.

1/6: Contrary to popular belief, Jingle Bells was not intended as a Christmas song. Composed by James Lord Pierpont in 1857, it was initially written for Thanksgiving./ Image: istock

2/6: When Pierpont penned the song, it was titled One Horse Open Sleigh. The catchy chorus we know today as Jingle Bells was part of the original composition./ Image: istock

3/6: On December 16, 1965, astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra, aboard Gemini 6, made history by playing Jingle Bells on a harmonica and bells. / Image: istock

4/6: The song helped popularize the concept of sleigh rides during the winter season. It embodies the cheer and excitement of riding through snow-covered landscapes in a horse-drawn sleigh./ Image: Unsplash

5/6: Jingle Bells isn't just popular in English-speaking countries. It's been translated into numerous languages, making it a global holiday favorite. / Image: Unsplash

6/6: There's a dispute over where Jingle Bells was actually composed. While Medford, Massachusetts, claims it was written there, Savannah, Georgia, also asserts its place as the birthplace of the song. / Image: Unsplash

Published December 21st, 2023 at 13:39 IST