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Amid the carnage of war, he commandeers far more than just her home…
When a Union Army officer drenched in obligation collides with an unyielding southern widow locked inside her daily routines, not even the war raging around them is as explosive as the unexpected passion that erupts.
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Posted Dec 18 2014, 8:33 pm

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“Jingle Bells. Jingle Bells. Jingle All The Way”….I don’t believe there’s a person alive who doesn’t know THAT popular holiday song. But, did y’all know it isn’t even a Christmas tune? Nope, it actually began life in 1850 as a DRINKING song in Medford, Massachusetts, whose main industry at the time was rum-making. 

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The catchy words spilled from the pen of prolific songwriter, James Pierpont while he drank inside the local Simpson Tavern.



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In fact, ‘Jingle Bells’ describes in glorious detail the high-speed ‘drag racing’ shenanigans by one-horse open sleighs popular with the ‘rowdy crowd’ in & around the community in the early-to-mid 1800s,

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Because, back then, horse harnesses were adorned with little jingling bells to alert others to their presence as the horse and sleigh zipped through the silent snow.


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Pierpont, who was also a real ‘cat-about-town’, also served as a music director at a Unitarian Church & according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Pierpont originally copyrighted the song with the name “One Horse Open Sleigh” in 1857, but in 1859 he revised the title to simply “Jingle Bells.”  

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The first recording ever made of the now-celebrated song was in 1898 by the Edison Male Quartette on an Edison cylinder as part of a Christmas medley entitled “Sleigh Ride Party”. 

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1860s winter sceneSo how did a wacky drinking song written by a lousy husband & deadbeat father even get to be one of the most popular Christmas songs of all times? Well, rumor has it he shared the catchy tune from his pulpit one Thanksgiving Eve & the congregation loved it. They promptly requested that ‘particular sermon’ again at Christmas time.  And the rest, as they say, is history.


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Oh, and one final historical ‘tidbit’ ’bout this’n. During a Gemini space mission in December, 1965, the rollicking tune about high jinks & ‘sparking with the ladies’ shenanigans also became the first song ever broadcast to earth from space. So…there you have it.  Altogether now…let’s raise our glasses high & belt out this spirited ‘drinking’ song — after all, every shopping mall & radio station in America is doing exactly that same thing right now. Well, minus the holiday spiced rum, of course! Wheeeeee!



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