Vive le vent, vive le vent,
vive le vent d’hiver
qui s’en va sifflant, soufflant
dans les grands sapins verts.
Long live the wind, long live the wind,
Long live the winter wind,
Which goes whistling, blowing
In the big green Christmas trees!
These are the words to the French version of Jingle Bells. Notice the word soufflant. This is related to the popular french food, the souffle. Souffler means ‘to blow up’. This, of course, is exactly what a souffle does. Sometimes not knowing is better. Souffle used to sound elegant to me too.