Not many in Taiwan knew who Santa was, not until the 1950s anyway. Then all of a sudden, pictures of a jolly Santa Claus appeared everywhere. In 1963, Christmas Day became a national holiday; although it was officially the Constitution Day. It was scrapped in 2001, now observed only in Protestant and Catholic schools.
According to Medford Historical Society (see photos below), the birthplace of Jingle Bells is Medford, Massachusetts, a tiny town 6 miles northwest of Boston, off I-93, and 7,694 miles from Tamsui:
|A plaque seen on 19 High Street, Medford Square|
|Simpson Tavern ca 1884, now an empty brick storefront|
|Sleigh races on Salem St in East Medford, ca 1883|
Temporal and spatial connection through a song? You bet. Merry Christmas, everyone!