One Horse Open Sleigh

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To hear most recordings of “Jingle Bells”, you wouldn’t know that the song dates back to 1850, when it was published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh”. However, this (sadly out of print) recording by the Robert DeCormier Singers and Ensemble back in 1984 does a wonderful job of putting the history back into this classic. Seeing as it’s difficult to get hold of copies of the original album these days, I’ve ventured to put it up on YouTube.

While in general I’m a stickler for sacred Christmas Music, this is just so charming it’s hard to pass up. A merry Christmas to all our readers!

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3 Comments

  1. Nice to hear – better than the rocket ship electronic versions around.
    Good pictures, too. And of people dressed for the weather ?!

  2. A very nice rendition but why is this a Christmas song? There is no mention of Jesus, Santa Claus, giving presents or anything connected to Christmas. It would be just as appropriate in February. The same goes for Winter Wonderland.

  3. From what I can gather, the song was not, when originally written, intended to have any particular connection with Christmas — it was simply a winter song. However, by this point “Jingle Bells” certainly seems to have been glommed onto the secular Christmas canon.

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