The significance of bells at Christmas.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many bells at Christmas time? Bell ringing arose from ancient roots. Ringing bells can be traced back to some pagan winter festivals. Bells and other noisemakers were thought to scare away evil spirits in the dark, long, winter nights. Bells were often used as a warning of some impending threat or to gather people together.
|Some lovely Silver Bells|
|Bells adorn many cards both vintage and modern.|
People began to have so much fun ringing bells they were incorporated into many other events. They began ringing them to announce the coming of an activity, event or special occasion. They ring for good times and bad. Bells ring out announcements for weddings, births and deaths. The bells became a standard method of communication and are almost always found in churches.
Church bells began to be used during Christmas to announce the arrival of the season and to proclaim the birth of Christ. The cheerful tones of bells blended well with the music and sounds of the holiday season. We still enjoy bells today and they play an important and traditional role during the holidays. Here are a few bells from my collection and a few I found on Pinterest. Enjoy!
Don't you all love the sound of jingle bells at Christmas? I know I do!
For Louise, in Memory of Mr. White.
Bells were often used as a warning and here is one for you. If you have pets, please read the post here about antifreeze poisoning. It is most prevalent at this time of year. This is a sad post, but there are links to vital information for pet lovers.
This looks like such a cozy spot. I would love to walk right into this picture and
settle in next to the fireplace!
I hope you enjoyed visiting today and learned a little about the meaning of bells in our lives. Remember in the movie "A Wonderful Life", the little girls says something like, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets their wings." Well at Christmas time there must be many angels getting their wings! I think we can always use a few more angels. What do you think?
~ Joyful Greetings ~ Diane