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Actually one of our favorite Christmas songs is actually a Thanksgiving song. Jingle Bells was written specifically as a song about traveling for Thanksgiving dinner. It has NO reference to Christmas in it anywhere. Further “jingle bells” or “sleigh bells” also have no connection to Christmas. During three seasons of the year, back in the day, people travelled by horse, or with horse and wagon. It was easy to hear and see “traffic” coming. In the dark of winter people switched over to using a sleigh to get around with those same horses. Sleighs and horses hooves on snow are nearly silent and approaching sleigh drivers couldn’t hear others coming from the curve up ahead, etc. Sleigh bells were added specifically so drivers could hear each other approaching. Some cities actually passed laws requiring sleigh bells for safety!
Winter Wonderland is simply a winter song. No Christmas reference. Frosty the Snowman is also not a Christmas song. Frosty is simply a snowman who came to life with the use of a magic hat. Years later, when they made the TV special (I believe it was a Rankin/Bass production) they introduced Santa into the story. Rudolph was a character created for a Montgomery Wards advertisement on their Christmas Catalog in, I believe 1939. Gene Autry made a hit song out of him. Marhmallow World is also simply a winter song.
There are others, but I can’t think of ’em all at once! If you want Thanksgiving songs you need to check a Lutheran Hymnal!
Tim in Bovey
Iron Range Country