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Genealogy Today: Vintage Christmas music still inspiring today

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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 11:30 am

A column published on Christmas Day must celebrate the meaning of the day so let's take a look at the music of Christmas, as much a part of our celebration today as it was in our ancestors' day.

We all grew up singing "Jingle Bells" without much thought for its origins. The song was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont, a sometimes writer and music director at his brother's church in Savannah, Ga. Originally titled "One Horse Open Sleigh," it was composed for a Sunday School Thanksgiving concert and is supposed to commemorate the sleigh races held during the 1800s in Medford, Mass.

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