Few things are as associated with the holiday season as the sound of jingling bells ringing in the air.
But where do these festive little trinkets come from?
Let's take a quick trip through history to find out!
The first Christmas bells were probably used by early Christians in Rome.
These early bells were more like clappers than actual bells and were used to signal services and other important events.
It wasn't until the Middle Ages that real bells began to be used for Christmas celebrations.
The first recorded use of Bells at Christmas time was in 1433 when three brass bells were brought to the Flemish city of Antwerp. These bells were rung to mark the arrival of the Christmas cheer!
By the 1500s, Christmas bell ringing had become a popular tradition all across Europe.
But then the Puritans put an end to the Christmas bell ringing in England when they took over in 1660.
In the book, one of the main characters, Ebenezer Scrooge, is visited by the ghost of Christmas past who takes him on a journey through memories of Christmases past. One of these memories features a scene where people are merrily ringing bells to celebrate the holiday season.
After reading this book, people all across England began ringing bells on Christmas once again!
And there you have it!
A very brief history of Christmas bells.
Whether you're hearing them attached to sleighs or on your front door this holiday season, we hope you have a jolly time paying homage to this time-honored tradition!
Here's a hauntingly beautiful song honoring Charles Dickens and his novel, "A Christmas Carol", sung by Karliene - enjoy!