traditions: Christmas bells

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people…Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:10-14

Bells have always reminded me of joy. 2aa7fd1d87d841b0b84a639a4a6f055d

Each Christmas, I hang a set on my front door, a wreath full of them on another door, some on my tree and a sole bell in my purse (that one stays there all year round). Not to mention the memories flashing through my mind each time I hear the bells toll for the Salvation Army.

Plus, I love the sound…the sound of Christmas coming and the anticipation it brings.

Historically and biblically, God had originally instructed the Israelites to put bells on the robe of the High Priest’s ephod before he entered into the Holy of Holies (Exodus 28.31-35; 39.36). Matthew Henry, an English bible commentator, interpreted those same bells as an allegory that “typify the sound of the gospel of Christ in the world, giving notice of His entrance within the veil for us.”

Bells have become an integral part of our Christmas traditions. They hang everywhere – from street corners to store entrances, wreathes and not to mention, the Salvation Army bell ringers that start ringing the day after Thanksgiving each year.

Throughout history, bells have been used to celebrate special occasion. Their bright and cheerful sound was a reminder that something important was happening.

In many village throughout the world, people would ring the church bell on special occasions.

Bells announced the coming or arrival of an event.

They toll for good times

887823cb6b70f9918b440c7572a09686They were rung during Christmas to announce the arrival of the season and to proclaim the birth of Christ.

There are even several songs that have been written in honor of bells: “Jingle Bells,” “Silver Bells,” “Carol of the Bells” (my personal favorite – to play anyway), and more.

What do the Christmas bells remind you of?

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