Monday, December 7, 2009

#5 Christmas Bells

A Christmas Bell

This Aceo Print of my original can be requested.  Not listed at the moment.

***Bells announce the coming or arrival of an event, activity, or occasion. They toll for good times. They toll for bad times. They ring out warnings. Bells herald in the New Year. Bells are rung to announce the union of a man and a woman. They are rung during Christmas to announce the arrival of the season, to proclaim the birth of Christ.

Ringing of bells can be traced back to pagan winter celebrations. During those times, noisemakers were used to scare away evil spirits in the night. Among those early noisemakers were bells. People had fun ringing the bells and making noise. It was too much fun to just use bells to scare demons away.

So over time, bell ringing was incorporated into other events and activities. Bells are rung at churches to call people to gather, as warnings, and to bring people together to make announcements.

From these ancient roots, the ringing of bells began to be used in the Christian Christmas season. The soft, cheerful tones blended well and enhanced the sounds of the season. Today, they play an important, traditional role during the holiday.

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Do you incorporate bells into your Christmas traditions?  Tell me how.


I Heard the Bells of Christmas

Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), written December 25, 1864.
The song "Christmas Carol" comes from this poem. Two stanzas referring directly to the Civil War are omitted in the song.

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!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

One of my tree ornaments.  A pretty glass bell.

Another ornament I have. :)

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  1. I hang bells on the tree. Sometimes my critters wear bells for their holiday photos also. :)

  2. Thanks for posting on all of my posts, Cassie. :) Good Luck to you.

  3. put so much time into your research! thanks i learned quite a bit. i have a set of 5 bells i hang outside my door (year round now cause i haven't fixed the doorbell in over a year)!

  4. Oooh...i love bells!....i love the sweet jingling sound they make.....nice poem too!

  5. Beautiful Bells, thanks for the history on them!