|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 become one 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.
Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin sang "Jingle Bells" in A Muppet Family Christmas, leading into Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem's performance of "Jingle Bell Rock." This performance of the song was released on the 1996 CD A Classic Cartoon Christmas.
Johnny Fiama sings "Jingle Bells" backstage at the Muppet Theater while several pairs of Muppets, including Gonzo and Rizzo, and Bunsen and Beaker], exchange gifts in the style of "The Gift of the Magi." When Sal Manilla interrupts Johnny's song to give him a gift, Johnny accepts it, then continues with his song without returning the favor.
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 cast of A Special Sesame Street Christmas also sang a chorus of "Jingle Bells" in the closing medley.
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Pepe the King Prawn, and a few Penguins appear with Andrea Bocelli, with David Foster on the piano for this Great Performances special to tie in with Bocelli's CD My Christmas.
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 "Ball ball ball / ball ball ball / ball ball ball ball ball" instead of "Jingle bells / Jingle bells / Jingle all the way."