The Jingle Bell song was first featured in various parlor-song and college anthologies and was not particularly written for Thanksgiving.
The tune and the lyrics of the song are synonymous with Christmas. However, some historians believe that the tune was first composed and written for thanksgiving as a drinking song and a Sunday school song at the church of either Pierpont’s father or brother.
Some of the historians disputed this version of the story as they consider that the song would have been too racy for a Sunday school in the 1850s, which had lyrics such as 'Go it while you’re young' could not have been written as a church song.
Boston University faculty member Kyna Hamill who has researched the origin of the song, mentions that the song was first performed on Washington Street and sung in parlors and college anthologies in the 1880s before becoming a Christmas favorite in the early twentieth century.
Although historians are still debating on where, how, when, and why of the song, it is clear that the song was not intended for Thanksgiving.