|Written by||James Pierpont|
"Jingle Bells," originally known as "One Horse Open Sleigh," was written by James Pierpont in 1857 to be sung at a Thanksgiving program at his church. Even though the song about winter does not make any references to Christmas, it has in the years since become of of the most popular holiday carols and has been translated into many languages. In 1957, it inspired "Jingle Bell Rock."
"Jingle Bells" has been performed by the Muppets on several occasions.
The Muppets sang "Jingle Bells" as they arrived at Emily Bear's house in the 1987 special A Muppet Family Christmas. This performance of the song was released on the 1996 CD A Classic Cartoon Christmas.
The Sesame Street cast sang "Jingle Bells" on the Christmas albums Merry Christmas from Sesame Street (1975) and Sesame Street Christmas Sing-Along (1984). The song was re-released on CD on A Sesame Street Christmas (1995).
The familiarity of the public domain song has led to its incorporation as an integral part of the Elmo's World format. At the end of each episode, Elmo leads the episode's guests in a rendition of a song, using a repetition of the topic of the day as the lyrics, set to the melody of "Jingle Bells." For example, in the "Balls" episode, Elmo sings "Balls balls balls / balls balls balls / balls balls balls balls balls" instead of "Jingle bells / Jingle bells / Jingle all the way."