Bells I have a few.. one was an ornament the year we lived in Buxton, ND. That year I had zero for imagination so the ornament was a simple bell with your name and the year on it..mine now has a bow to dress it up a tad..but I am not sure if the others had bows or not.
Last year I got a new bell, but for the life of me I cannot remember who gave it to me… maybe I bought it for myself. As an ornament giver..I am not often an ornament receiver..I think it must be true..you give the gifts that you would like to receive yourself.
In 2006, I received a very special gift from my niece, Rachael and nephew, Jacob and my X brother in law. I kept the slip of paper that they sent with the bell.. " We hope that you enjoy this authentic Victorian Sleigh (Jingle) Bell. The kids and I have restored this bell and offer it to you in celebration of the Christmas season. We hope that you will find a place on your tree or perhaps an entry door to hang it and each time you hear it jingle, be reminded of all your blessings in life." It is one of my most treasured ornaments.
In some cities the church bells ring at noon everyday..I am sure that many people don’t even hear them anymore. They are just a normal part of the city noise. Far Guy has a favorite Christmas Carol..it is a tad sad..but it has a happy ending. As Christians whatever our life story is..there is a happy ending. No matter what pain and sorrow you have, no matter how tough your row is to hoe ( my Grandma used to say that) ..everyday should be all about reaching the end..it is not a race either..everyone will reach the goal in their own time:)