Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms


“Jingle Bell Rock” is the 1958 Christmas tune by Bobby Helms. Here are the lyrics.

So, what is the song about? Dancing and enjoying oneself at a “Jingle Bell Rock.” What exactly is a Jingle Bell Rock? Some type of Christmas themed dance, I would assume. Now, apart from saying jingle bell or bells over 13 times in the song, let’s go through some of the few other words in between.

After saying jingle bells a number of times, Helms says, “Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun / Now the jingle hop has begun.” He continues talking about jingle bells, then says, “Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square / In the frosty air. / What a bright time, it’s the right time / To rock the night away / Jingle bell time is a swell time / To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh.” What are the theological implications of this? No, really?

The Bible calls us to celebrate. Yes, that Bible. The Bible tells us there are times to laugh (Ecclesiastes 3:4), to enjoy the gifts God has given us (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13).  It tells us over and over again to celebrate the Lord (Philippians 4:4, Romans 14:17) and enjoy the holidays He has set before us (Leviticus 23:40-42, Luke 2:13-14). He even calls us to dance in joy and to praise His name (Psalms 149:3, Jeremiah 31:13, Ecclesiastes 3:4).

Jingle Bell Rock is a silly song about celebrating. As Christians, we are called to celebrate the Lord and as the Christmas holiday exists for us to celebrate the birth of Christ, why not do it with singing and dancing? Why not do the “Jingle Bell Rock” to the glory of God?

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Matthew Newman

Matthew Newman is a Christian environmental engineer (Professionally licensed in Maryland). He’s also a husband, beard aficionado, Dad of four beautiful children, blogger, and all around geeky guy from Baltimore County. When he’s not chasing his kids or working, he’s probably asleep.

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