French Version Of Jingle Bells ( Vive Le Vent)

You would think that certain songs translated into other languages would be translated word for word but this isn’t always the case. For example the French version of Jingle Bells, one of the most famous and commonly sung American Christmas songs, uses the same exact tune but completely different words.

Instead of saying “Jingle bells”, French children (and adults) sing “vive le vent” which means “live the wind” which isn’t even close to the original.

Anyways, if you havn’t already, watch the short video clip my daughter and school mate listening to the French version of Jingle bells on the radio while helping me make Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve.

 Lyrics to the French version of Jingle Bells

Vive Le Vent

Sur le long chemin
Tout blanc de neige blanche
Un vieux monsieur s´avance
Avec sa canne dans la main
Et tout là-haut le vent
Qui siffle dans les branches
Lui souffle la romance
Qu´il chantait petit enfant :

{Refrain:}
Vive le vent, vive le vent
Vive le vent d´hiver
Qui s´en va sifflant, soufflant
Dans les grands sapins verts…
Oh! Vive le temps, vive le temps
Vive le temps d´hiver
Boule de neige et jour de l´an
Et bonne année grand-mère…
Joyeux, joyeux Noël
Aux mille bougies
Quand chantent vers le ciel
Les cloches de la nuit,
Oh! Vive le vent, vive le vent
Vive le vent d´hiver
Qui rapporte aux vieux enfants
Leurs souvenirs d´hier…

Et le vieux monsieur
Descend vers le village,
C´est l´heure où tout est sage
Et l´ombre danse au coin du feu
Mais dans chaque maison
Il flotte un air de fête
Partout la table est prête
Et l´on entend la même chanson :
{au Refrain}

Boule de neige et jour de l´an
Et bonne année grand-mère!
Vive le vent d´hiver!

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Translated to English

live the wind

on the long way
everything is white as snow
an old mister moved forward
with his stick in his hand
and there’s nothing but the wind
which whistles between the branches
inspires him with romance
that he sings little child :

(chorus)
live the wind , live the wind
live the winter wind
that goes whistling , breathing
between the big fir trees
oh! live the time , live the time
live the time of the winter
a snow ball and a day of the year
and happy year grand-ma!
Merry Merry Christmas
for a thousand candles
when it sings towards the sky
the night’s bells
oh live the wind , live the wind
live the wind of the winter
that brings to the old children
their memories of yesterday

and the old mister
coming down towards the village
that’s the hour where everything is wise
and the shadow dances on the corner of the fire
but inside every house
floats the air of the party
everywhere the table is ready
and we listen to the same song
(chorus)

snow ball and day of the year
and happy year grand-ma !
live the wind of the winter Christmas

About the Author

Annie André Is a half Thai, half French Canadian/American freelance writer, digital marketer and FOUNDER OF THE LIVE IN FRANCE GUIDE which features travel tips, food, festivals, photography and more from France. Annie currently lives in France with her husband and three children.

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