Friday, December 16, 2005

'Tis the season...

..to argue over the origin of a holiday carol apparently.

When we lived in Savannah, I remember seeing a historical plaque which stated that Savannah was the city of origin for the song "Jingle Bells." At the time I though it was odd that an ode to riding in a horse-drawn sleigh over hills of snow would be written by someone living in coastal Georgia where it rarely (if ever) snows enough for sleigh-riding.

Then this year, Theron and I noticed seasonal banners on light poles in Medford proclaiming it to be the home of "Jingle Bells."

Huh?

As it turns out, there's actually quite the controversy around this topic.

5 comments:

Sean said...

It was Medford! They even took back the record last year for most people singing it at once.

Also written and composed in Medford is the "Over the river and through the woods..." song.

River Mom said...

Christmas Carol
By Tom Leher

Christmas time is here by golly
Disapproval would be folly
Deck the halls with hunks of holly
Fill the cups and don’t say when…
Kill the Turkeys, ducks and chickens
Mix the punch
Dragggg out the Dickens
Even though the prospect sickens…
Brother here we go again.
On Christmas day you can’t get sore
Your fellow man you must adore
There’s time to rob him all the more
The other three hundred and sixty four…
Relations sparing no expencil
Send some useless old utensil
Or a matching pen and pencil!
Just the thing I need, how nice…
It doesn’t matter how sincere it is
Nor how heart felt the spirit
Sentiment will not endear it
What’s important is the price!
Hark the Herald Tribune sings
Advertising wondrous things!
God rest ye merry merchants
May ye make the Yuletide PAY
Angels we have heard on high
Tell us to go out and BUY
SOOOO Let the raucous sleigh bells jingle
Hail our dear old friend Kris Kringle
Driving his reindeer across the a sky
Don’t stand underneath when they fly by!

Paige said...

Oh mom...you're such a sentimentalist.

Redpanda said...

I like it when Paige sings that song to me. *swoon* :)

Paige said...

Theron, as my hubby, is always obligated to listen to my crooning/croaking--which I don't inflict upon him ALL that often, though he may say otherwise, but it was very polite of you and Sean to listen to me regale you with that song in the car the other night. The cover of darkness made the blood streaming out of all your ears much less noticeable!