Don’t Ring Them Bells


Lori Dixon talks of simpler times and sing-a-longs during the holidays.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14 ESV)

Can you even imagine the sight and sound that the shepherds heard that night? It gives me shivers just thinking about it. But, do tell me sisters, where are the bells? I looked. They aren’t there. No bells in any of the Christmas stories. The books of Exodus and Zechariah mention bells but that’s it. Not even in the poetic Psalms.


Please do tell me why I have to sit through Christmas concert after Christmas concert watching little children with bells on ribbons singing ‘that’ song over and over again. Come on. Don’t ring the bells anymore. Just. Don’t.

I vote that we go back to simpler more traditional days of children wearing their father’s housecoats with towels wrapped around their heads, little ones dressed like lambs, camels and other stable creatures; a roughhewn box holding a silent plastic doll. Hey, it worked for Charlie Brown and I, for one, miss the sweet, unadorned manger plays.

If instruments are a must-have, then rent a harp. Harps are magical and mentioned all through scripture. So, yeah, harps are great.

Please gift me this one thing and hear my heart. I love children. And I am crazy for Christmas! But it is time to put that song to rest. The only ringing of bells I want to hear is a big brass one in the hand of a Salvation Army volunteer. Now that is music to my ears.

Okay, so I hope you know that this is all in jest! Christmas is celebrated in every home and heart in different ways. One my favorite things to do is a carol-sing-along! Jesus is what Christmas is all about and singing carols in worship can be a testimony to all who hear. Yes, you can count on me being there for sure . . . with bells on.

Lord, we thank You that He who sits in the heavens laughs! And we thank You that You love the sound of Your children singing – both young and old. Beckon us into Your presence this day, with songs of Christmas praise. Amen! 

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