During the entire month of December, bells are ringing everywhere.
On your home decorations
Surely you have something in your house that jingles when you put up your holiday decorations. Maybe it is an ornament for your tree. Maybe it is a bell hanging on your front door. Perhaps what is jingling in your home is something that is around all the time like your cat’s collar or a wind chime out front that your grandmother gave you.
Listening to music
Church choirs, children’s choirs, and the radio station that plays Christmas music all feature bells at this time of year. It is a wonder there aren’t always bells in the background of popular songs. I wish Katy Perry’s music sounded more like a sleigh ride.
Out front of every store
The Salvation Army. Whether it is a volunteer or a paid employee, those people stand out there for the sake of helping out other people. And while they don’t say anything, they aren’t silent. They ring a bell. As soon as you get out of your car you can hear the bell ringing and can already picture someone standing there wearing a Santa hat and something red before you even see the person in real life. Maybe you don’t carry cash so it doesn’t even cross your mind that they are asking you (even without words) to contribute.
Bells are everywhere this time of year.
It really is some sort of clever subliminal message to give. That is what the entire Christmas season is all about! There are so many visuals that can go with a bell ringing. Whether it is a “sleigh ride together” or that quote from It’s a Wonderful Life (“Teacher said that every time a bell rings an angel gets it’s wings.”), bells jingling remind us of this very season and generally of joy and the warmth of family and fireplaces. Imaginary elves wear bells on the end of their hats as they work their jobs of serving the young girls and boys who are on the “nice list.”
You may think that the soundtrack to the Christmas season is bad and repetitive Christmas music, the ring of a cash register opening, or the alarm to inform of a preheated oven to bake reindeer-shaped cookies. You are only slightly misinformed.
The true sound of the holidays is that bell. The one that you may not realize how often you hear it. Just remember: Life is grand and the bell is one that is calling to you specifically. Let it be a reminder that you are perfect.
Today’s challenge: Next time you hear a bell, tell someone that they are perfect and give them a reason why. 🙂