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'Jingle Bells' wasn't even written for Christmas


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — One of the most popular Christmas songs of all time was written for Thanksgiving.

"Jingle Bells," originally titled "One Horse Open Sleigh," was written by James Pierpont and first published in 1857.

Pierpont, who left his children and wife behind in Boston and moved to Savannah, Georgia, to marry the mayor's daughter, first performed the song at his church during a Thanksgiving service.

It wasn't until decades later it was commonly known as "Jingle Bells" and became the Christmas classic people know it as today.

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