3 Holiday Songs All About Hitting the Road (or Snow)
The holiday season is often synonymous with tons of traveling. Whether it’s getting across town to do some shopping or making the long trek to grandma’s, you know you’ll be spending a good amount of time behind the wheel. This tradition of holiday travel is so deeply rooted that it has even made its way into some of the most recognizable carols and songs! Here’s a closer look at a few of the most popular holiday songs about travel (in one form or another).
- Over the River and Through the Wood This might be the quintessential traveling song for the holidays, but there might be some things you don’t know about the familiar tune. For one, did you know it’s actually a Thanksgiving song? Furthermore, it wasn’t originally a song. Published in 1844 by Lydia Maria Child, the poem was originally titled “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day.” However, this title didn’t stick and it’s now more commonly known by its first line. The poem was set to its famous tune shortly after it was published, although no one is quite sure who wrote the melody. The simple tune has endured for nearly 175 because of its timeless message. While most of us no longer hitch horses to a sleigh and navigate through the wide expanses of countryside, we all know that feeling of preparation for and anticipation while traveling to see our loved ones—on whichever holiday!
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer No one does more traveling over the holidays than Santa Claus. With his team of eight tiny reindeer, the big man is able to cover the entire globe in a single night, delivering presents to all the good little boys and girls. However, while he’s able to bend the laws of space and time, it seems jolly, old St. Nicholas is no match for fog.While this simple song is more about acceptance and celebrating our differences, there remains a crucial travel component. Think about it. How does Rudolph get the opportunity to prove himself in the first place? “Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, ‘Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” Yep. Rudolph was essentially a living, breathing, headlamp. This apparently gave the young buck some serious clout with his peers and he has indeed gone down in history! It’s a reminder that traveling safely is the for everyone!
- Home for the Holidays For many, holiday travel means heading back home. No one understood that more than Perry Como when he recorded this popular travelling anthem in 1954. In this simple pop song, he captured the desire we all have to be with those we love during the holidays, but how this is also sometimes easier said than done: “from Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific!” In other parts of the song, we hear about people traveling all across the country, just for that simplest of joys—sharing this special time of year with those we love and haven’t seen in awhile. No matter what your holiday travel plans look like, you want to make sure you get where you’re going safely. Make sure your car is up to the task by stopping into Keffer for regular service!