Homespun Gathering

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Jingle Bells and Thanksgiving

Did you know that Jingle Bells didn't begin it's life as a Christmas song?  Its author, James Pierpont, was a bit of a Jack of all trades--seaman, lawyer, music minister, politician, etc.  He lived in Massachusetts as a child and adult.  Eventually, Pierpont joined brother John in Georgia where his brother was pastor.  Was the song written in 1850 or closer to public debut several years later?  We may never know.  We do know it was publicly debuted during a Thanksgiving service in Georgia and immediately popular.  

There are several YouTube videos and written material on the subject, but I thought you might like this one.  Yes, there are Thanksgiving songs, but sometimes you just have to look. 

My mom was given a book from her "adopted" grandfather nearly 70 years ago.  Her father's father died of a heart attack many, many years before she was born.  Her mother's father died only a few years after she was born--car crash I think.

This book is definitely a treasure not only for the family connection, but for the historical window it provides.  They just don't make books like this anymore.

taped inside the book
Mom's work.  Even then home was very important.

While meals set aside for giving thanks were not original to the Pilgrims, their celebration and what it has become are uniquely American.

Until next time count your blessings--God's gifts to you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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