‘Tis the season to sing “Jingle Bells” and other Christmas and winter songs that include mention of various sizes, shapes and uses of bells.
Do you have jingle bells at your house? Did you attach them to a toddler’s shoelace to assist in locating the speeding little creatures? Do you have a few on your tree, perhaps with a bright red ribbon?
The jingle bells at my house run small. Through the years they have decorated packages, been part of door décor, and jingle jangled from the tree.
But one is special. It could be the granddaddy of jingle bells. (If bells were living families.)
Purchased at a farm auction decades ago — I associate this bell with my own father. I can picture it now. Suspended by a leather strap above the horse’s head. It sways with each step, announcing the sleigh is coming, transporting the owners to festive winter gatherings.