December 12, 2015

One Horse Open Sleigh

During the winter months of the Victorian age the easiest form of transportation would have been by sleigh. This mode of travel was associated with the winter months and thus worked its way into several well-known Christmas carols.
Jingle Bells
Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way

Bells on bobtail ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight!

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

This song was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857.

From the Oshawa Community Archives

From the Oshawa Community Archives

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