"Bells on bobtail ring"

This is a discussion from dinner tonight at the Catt house (Peggy's family):

Emma (Peggy's 15 yr. old sister): "In Jingle Bells, what does it mean when it says bells on bobtails ring?"

Sarah (Peggy's 25 yr. old sister): "BOB's TAIL! The horses name is Bob and the bells are on his tail."

The funniest part about this is that Sarah was dead serious and the pause of silence afterward made it a golden moment. After a short discussion, Jordan (the Catt mom) came to the rescue and explained that a bobtail is a "bobbed" tail which is a tail that has been cut short.


  1. So glad I could provide a little entertainment for everyone tonight:)

  2. Ha! This same topic (what is a bobtail) came up today at our house...and it's not even Christmas. I kept getting it confused with a "bobtail nag" (as in "I'll bet my money on a bobtail nag, somebody bet on the bay."