Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Christmas Traditions - Christmas Bells

The ringing of the church bells signify the beginning of the church day, which begins after sundown in the Catholic and Anglican churches. This makes the Christmas Eve service, the first service of Christmas, start with the bells.

In the United Kingdom, some of the churches ring the largest bell they have four times within the hour before midnight. At the stroke of midnight, every bell they have is then rung as part of the Christmas celebration.

The celebration of the midnight Mass at Christmas goes back to the early days of the Catholic church when they thought that Jesus was born at midnight. The church rings their alter bells along with their steeple bells at midnight to mark the birth of Christ.

The Catholic church is not the only church to have a Christmas Eve midnight service; in fact many other churches have a service for fellowship and to tell the story of Jesus’ birth from the book of Luke.

Bells were a traditional instrument held by carolers during the Victorian period in order to play the tune they were singing. Sometimes it was only the sounds of bells you heard when the carolers came calling. The handbells are still very popular today, and of course, we have the wonderful sounds of the sleigh bells in Jingle Bells.

Bells are happy instruments, and the following gift ideas should make everyone happy!

Handmade woven scarf

Andrea Designs 

White Lotus Flower Crescent Pendant on Textured Silver-plated Chain


Gold & Black Photo Album, Anniversary, Special Occasion Album


Shell Pendant Necklace, Real Shell with Glass Pearls, Ribbon Necklace


Swarovski Golden Shadow Crystal Earrings, Handmade Jewelry

Victorian Style Treasures 

Claim Your Destiny in Black and White

Colleen Cornelius 

Mother Goddess Necklace

Pretty Gonzo 

Survivor Breast Cancer Necklace


Yellow Flowers Basket Crochet Fiber Art

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Crochet Infant Dress Baby Girl Flower Girl Easter White Dress 6 9 mo

Magdalene Knits 

Crochet Baby Dress, 0-3 Months, Yellow Baby Clothes

Crafting Memories 1 

1954 Chevy Bel Air Wall Hanging Art Clock Handmade From Oak Wood By KevsKrafts

Kevs Krafts 

14k Gold Filled Chain Necklace

The Singing Beader 

Lavender Blue Earrings, Handmade Jewelry Lampwork Rustic Sterling Oval

Shadow Dog Designs 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads, Medium Lemon Yellow Shiny Glossy

Covergirl Beads 

Faux Turquoise Nugget Chain Necklace with Swarovski Crystals

Blue Morning Expressions 

In addition to these fantastic gift selections, each of these artists have their own shops filled with more gift ideas, so be sure and stop and shop with each one.
If you see  something you like, buy it now or forever lose it as handmade gifts sell out quickly!
Shop from these additional countdowns and pages:
Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 1

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 2

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 3

Christmas Traditions – The Candy Cane

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Carols

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