Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jingle bells....

(our front door) 

A child's first and favorite Christmas carol...
Jingle Bells.
I remembered the words this way.
Dashing through the snow
In a one horse soap 'n' sleigh
Or the fields we go
Laughing all the way...

(Why "soap?"   I don't know, but that's what I thought the words were.  I did that a lot with songs.  Make up words, that is.  )

Bells on bobtails ring
(what's a bobtail?)
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight
Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh, hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bell, jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh.
My kids loved Jingle Bells and I always have too.  
We'd sing it practically every night of December and on into January and even in the summer time.  Jingle Bells was always the song of choice for any reason or season.
I remember singing Christmas carols with  the kids at the Old Folks' Home one time and a toothless, white-haired  lady hollered, "Sing Jingle Bells," and so we did.  Everyone was smiling.

It can't be a Childlike Christmas without Jingle Bells.
Hang 'em on your door so when someone enters, there's a jingle.

Sing it loudly, sing it softly, sing it with laughter, sing it with cheer, 
sing it with snow, sing it without, sing it, sing it any time of year!
 Jingle Bells!

It's time for A Childlike Christmas hosted by Pom Pom.
Will you join us?


  1. Yay for jingle bells! Ching ching ching ching! Loved this happy post! xxx

  2. oh this is delightful! thank you so much for reminding me of this much loved song :)
    the earliest one i remember was the carol 'away in a manger' and i got the words quite different with that one at the time too.

    warmest hugs xxx it's lovely meeting your blog :)

  3. Bells and Christmas go together. I, too, get all jingled up.

  4. You're right, that song is an essential element of a child's Christmas season. I also have sung it all my life and never stopped enjoying it greatly!

  5. Happy! Happy! I have jingle bells on the front door and I keep meaning to bring them to school so I can ring them many times during the day! You are the one who told me about jingle bell cuffs. I think I need one! Great post, Jody-friend! Thank you so much for joining me for A Childlike Christmas! (BIG HUG!)

  6. Very pretty, and yes, I had to laugh at the words, because I remember those words too. Isn't that funny.
    I was so shocked when as a grownup I read them the way they are written, I still don't think I sing the right words.
    I love your bells. They look so pretty.

  7. You're so right- this is the iconic child's Christmas anthem! We're hearing lots of it just now in Strawberry Land!

  8. Oh I am singing away just reading this.

  9. G'day Gumbo Lily. It's one of my favourite Christmas songs. I have been singing it reading your great post. Take care. Liz...

  10. That does it--I'm puttin' jingle bells on my door this year! Thanks for the inspiration, J!


  11. Bells on the door sounds great" I make a wreath every year, this year with bells will be a great idea - thankyou!

  12. They are just plain fun aren't they !!! Clarice


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