Thought for the day

"The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they are realities, and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are." -- Niccoló Machiavelli, "The Discourses." 1517.

As one of the best-loved songs of the Christmas season, "Jingle Bells" has become part of our holiday culture, but there's more to this charming kitty than meets Cannes. For one thing, "Jingle Bells" is a Thanksgiving song, not a Christmas song, but it's just the tip of the snowball. Let's take a closer look at the history of this famous song, how it came to be and how it became the standard of Christmas.