Where Did Christmas Customs Come From?
Bells have been associated with the Christmas experience for many years. They have been celebrated in a number of famous songs such as “Jingle Bells” and poems such as Longfellow’s “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Supposedly, the tradition evolved from an ancient practice of using bells to frighten away evil spirits during the dark days of winter.
Over time, the sound of a bell ringing became an expression of happiness. Church bells ring out joyful melodies on days of celebration. The festive association was strengthened with the arrival of Santa and reindeer. Scandinavians would also fit reindeer with bells in order to find them in the dark, in thick winter fogs, and in blizzards.
|The Curious World of Christmas|
By Niall Edworthy