Jingle all the way

I’ve never been able to figure out how so many generic winter songs — “Jingle Bells,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Let it Snow,” etc. — came to be regarded as Christmas songs. It’s certainly not as if there’s any shortage of authentic Christmas music — i.e., music that actually has something to do with Christmas — in fact there is a positive embarrassment of riches in that department. I’m saving my favorites for the actual twelve days of Christmas, which don’t begin for another week. Right now it’s still Advent, and according to the calendar it’s still autumn… but the weather (at least where I live) being definitely wintery, a winter song seems appropriate… especially if it involves a performance by The King’s Singers.

9 Responses to Jingle all the way

  1. Will S. says:

    You have to look at who most of the authors of those secular winter songs were. Hint: not Christians, but members of The Tribe…


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  2. Will S. says:

    Oops, you saw that post already. 🙂

    I do think it’s interesting how a small minority group has managed to twist our conception of what Christmas is about into a secular celebration of winter, mostly, rather than the Christian religious celebration of the Incarnation, which is what it’s all about, truly.

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    • I agree completely. I also agree that the winter songs would be more appropriate to the actual winter months; however, if I posted “Jingle Bells” in February, I’d be bombarded with snarky comments from readers questioning my grip on reality, and I just don’t want to deal with it. I might post Vivaldi’s “Winter” instead. 🙂

      Also, the falling snow that WordPress gives us lasts only through December and then vanishes, and “Jingle Bells” sounds best with the snowy accompaniment. The brevity of the WordPress winter season is unfortunate for those of us who love snow, and who live where winter is just getting started… but even more unfortunate for our friends in the southern hemisphere, who are experiencing summer at the moment, for whom the falling snowflakes must look rather out of place. I guess they’ll have to pretend it’s pollen or something. 🙂


  3. Will S. says:

    I still enjoy seasonal songs like ‘Jingle Bells’, which apparently was originally meant as a Thanksgiving seasons song (must have been with Minnesota in mind, lol).

    Yes, I’ve always wondered if our southern hemisphere friends are bombarded with winter songs at this time of year too, or whether they ignore them, in favour of their songs about kangeroos, etc. 😉

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