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

Don’t see the perfect gift? Ask an artist to help you design something.
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  1. I always enjoy reading your "history of . . . " section of your Wednesday blog, Julie. And, of course, always enjoy browsing the unique handmade beauties that are included. Many thanks for adding my earrings into the mix. Will share the bog and items on Pinterest, Twitter and beyond. treats to the Handsome Pupper from Woofing Moose.

  2. Thank you, Julie and Harry.
    I have promoted here:
    Pinterest -
    Tiwtter - @dusamae

  3. Thanks Julie for the story of the Christmas bells That's the one thing I miss living on the East coast. Here in Utah we have no bells ringing in the churches, but I do have Christmas mass on Christmas Eve.
    Thanks for including my earrings. I have shared on Pinterest.

  4. Thank you, Julie and Harry. Love your selections of these beautiful handmade gift ideas. Thanks for including my lampwork beads.

  5. Nice info piece on Christmas bells, Julie! And your choice of items to feature should make anyone happy. :) Will be sharing to my BME Countdown 2019 board at Pinterest. Also doing some tweeting.


    Twitter: @prettygonzo

    Treats to Harry the Fabulous Furred One from Sir Gonze!

  6. Thanks, so much, Julie and Harry! it's always so interesting to read your posts - love this one about the Christmas bells. Shared all yesterday.

    Pinned here:

    Tweeted here: @ShadowDogDesign

    (Thought I'd left a comment yesterday but I don't see it here). Treats to the Handsome Florida Boy from the Desert Moose Boy!

  7. Thank you for the extra promotion, Julie and including my gold filled necklace and earrings.

  8. Another great story on "bells". Silver Bells is one of my favorite Christmas carols. Thank you so much for the extra promotion. All will be tweeted, pinned and hash-tagged.

  9. Just want to add: ArtFire isn't letting me pin anything. I keep getting a window saying the site doesn't allow pinning. ???

  10. Fun story about Christmas Bells, Julie -- and beautiful selection of Handmade for Gifts - Thanks for including my RSS Designs In Fiber Yellow Flowers Basket!

  11. Thank you Julie. I always love reading about the Christmas Traditions ! Thanks for including my little Dress in your BME Collection.

  12. Love the story behind the Christmas bells. All the items were shared in twitter. Julie, thank you for including my brown woven scarf to the mix!