TIL that Jingle Bells was originally written to be a Thanksgiving song, and the original lyrics describe picking up girls, drag-racing on snow and a high-speed crash.

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  1. >It has been claimed that it was originally written to be sung by a Sunday school choir, or as a drinking song

    It was written to make money. There are some reports that it was first performed for a Thanksgiving church service

    > Some historical [accounts](https://greensboro.com/life/this-day-in-history/article_f89ff63f-aa47-586c-94b8-e26127e65ff0.html) report that the tune was first performed for a Thanksgiving service at the church of either Pierpont’s father or brother, but the lyrics might have been too risqué for an [church] audience. .

    It also turned out to be the first song broadcast from space . As the [crew of Gemini 6](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingle_Bells#First_song_in_space) played it as part of a prank/joke report.

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