Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jingle All The Way !!!

Jingle Bells  is one of the best-known and commonly sung christmas songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" in 1857. Even though it is commonly referred to as a Christmas song, it was actually written and sung for Thanksgiving.It was mistakenly branded as a Christmas song because being extremely popular at Thanksgiving,it was sung again around Christmas.

But not many know that "Jingle Bells" was the first song broadcasted from space, in a Christmas-themed prank by Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra.

While in space on December 16, 1965, they sent this report to Mission Control: "We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, probably in polar orbit... I see a command module and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit....".Before Mission Control had time to digest the "UFO sighting," they heard an extraterrestrial rendition of "Jingle Bells" coming from Gemini 6. Schirra and Stafford had smuggled a harmonica and miniature sleigh bells onto the spacecraft especially for this moment.

The song has become so popular and synonymous with christmas, that christmas almost seems incomplete without singing this song,hence we have attached a video with the lyrics for you to hum along this christmas season... 
Wishing you all a ROCKING CHRISTMAS
  
video 
 source: wikipedia and youtube

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