Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling, too. Come on it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you. Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling, “you hoo!” Come on it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you…
Originally written as an orchestral piece in the mid-nineteen-forties, optional lyrics were added less than five years latter. It has been recorded and rerecorded in a variety of versions ever since. And this song has become a popular winter standard that we all want to hear every holiday season.
Though the singing versions are fun, my personal favorites are always the Pops Orchestral versions because my Grandpa was a percussionist. And the best part of this song? The awesome percussion part – imitating horses, whips, and sleigh bells. I smile every time it comes on.
Today it is snowing outside. A lot. We’re supposed to get inches upon inches where I live. This is something my late husband would have loved to see and share with our twin, three-year-old boys. Storms like this are magical for kids and offer vast opportunities for play and fun, much like the winter wonderlands that inspired this song.
We all need a bit of fun right now. Playing in the snow or the sand. Decorating a pine tree or a palm tree. Taking a ride on a sled or a boat.
However you are able to do it, be sure to get outside and play. Whether you are little or all grown up – we need to laugh. We need to smile. We need to find something that makes us forget for a while that all the world has lost its mind. And remember what it is to see the magic this season.
So listen again to this classic. Listen for the impressive percussionists. And then go make your own fun this December day.