Whole Living: Caroling Bells

Hark! how the bells
sweet silver bells
All seem to say
throw cares away.

Christmas is here
bringing good cheer
To young and old
meek and the bold

Ding, dong, ding, dong
that is their song,
With joyful ring
all caroling

One seems to hear
words of good cheer
From everywhere
filling the air

O, how they pound
raising the sound
Oer hill and dale
telling their tale

Gaily they ring
while people sing
Songs of good cheer
Christmas is here!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas!

On, on they send
on without end
Their joyful tone
to every home

From Carol of the Bells.  You can hear the song on Youtube here.

The Carol of the Bells is one of my favorite Christmas songs, one of 3 I’ll be sharing with you this week on this blog.  Christmas is all about stories, as are our lives.  My grandmother pulled out some old photos when we visited her recently and it was a lot of fun to see the stories and memories come to life.  Christmas Traditions are usually passed down for a reason, and one of those reasons is because they are what makes the holiday season special to your family.

With the holiday season I always listen for the church bells.  Most churches have gotten rid of their bells, but there are still a few near me who have bells and play them from time to time.  There’s just something so Christmasy about bells.  While bells have been used for centuries for many different purposes, if they were alive I’m sure they’d say they enjoy sharing joy the most.

So this Christmas, as you do your traditions, open your gifts and spend time with your family and friends, remember to bring the cheer with you.  Christmas is all about spreading the bell’s cheerful song.

What will you do to spread joy this year?

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