MA’S CHRISTMAS TIP FOR TODAY
Compliment at least three people each remaining day of December
Although I do have quite a Christmas Bell collection, most of it is packed away and right now the only bells I have around my house are the ones hanging on my doorknobs .
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
…With peace on earth, good-will to men
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Bells have been associated with the Christmas experience for many years. They have been celebrated in a number of famous songs such as Jingle Bells and poems such as Longfellow’s I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. Supposedly, the tradition evolved from an ancient practice of using bells to frighten away evil spirits during the dark days of winter.
Over time, the sound of a bell ringing became an expression of happiness. Church bells ring out joyful melodies on days of celebration. The festive association was strengthened with the arrival of Santa and reindeer. Scandinavians would also fit reindeer with bells in order to find them in the dark, in thick winter fogs, and in blizzards
Christmas bells portray the true essence and spirit of the festival and are used to decorate the Christmas trees and the front doors of our houses. The bells announce the arrival of the baby Christ and the advent of the season. The holy tunes of the bell blend well with the mood of the season and embellish the sounds of the season
Bells are typically rung to announce a major life event or occasion. They are rung on both joyous and sad occasions including both weddings and funerals. Bells are rung at Christmas to announce and celebrate the birth of Jesus
The front door of most homes is usually adorned with Christmas bells to make a pleasant noise as guests enter our homes during the Christmas season
I’ll be jingling on the way today…