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Silver Christmas Bells

Updated on November 2, 2013

A Tribute to Silver Christmas Bells

During the holiday season, images of gold and silver bells are common - Salvation Army volunteers ring bells to collect money for charities, radio stations and shopping malls play songs like "Silver Bells" and "Jingle Bells," Christmas trees are decorated with bells, and stories such as "The Polar Express" celebrate Christmas bells. Here's a salute to silver Christmas bells and the wonderful sound and imagery they bring to the holidays.

(Image of silver Christmas bell provided by Amazon. See link below.)

Wallace Sleigh Bell - Silver Christmas bells are an annual tradition

Each year since 1971, Wallace Silversmiths has been producing collectible sleigh bells. The bells feature a new bas relief border design and year with each edition and come in sterling silver, silver-plated and gold-plated variations. If you're seeking this year's edition or previous collectible editions, here are some bells currently available for sale.

"Silver Bells" Lyrics

Classic song was inspired by Salvation Army bell ringers

"Silver Bells" is a classic Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The song was introduced by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in a motion picture called "The Lemon Drop Kid" in 1951, and the first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards in 1952, which also became a hit in late 1952. The lyrics are unusual for a Christmas song in that they describe the holiday in the city, and not a rural setting.

According to Wikipedia, the song "was inspired by the imagery of Salvation Army bellringers standing outside department stores during the Christmas season."

"Silver Bells" Lyrics

City Sidewalks, busy sidewalks

Dressed in holiday style

In the air there is a feeling of Christmas

Children laughing, people passing

Greeting smile after smile

And on every street corner you'll hear.

Silver Bells, Silver Bells

It's Christmas time in the city

Ring-a-ling hear them ring

Soon it will be Christmas Day.

Strings of streetlights even Stop Lights

Blink a bright red and green

As the shoppers rush home with their treasures

Here the snow crunch, see the kids bunch

It Santa's big day

And above all the hustle you'll hear

Silver Bells, Silver Bells

It's Christmas time in the city

Ring-a-ling hear them ring

Soon it will be Christmas Day.

Silver Bells, Silver Bells

It's Christmas time in the city

Ring-a-ling hear them ring

Soon it will be Christmas Day.

Soon it will be Christmas Day.

Soon it will be Christmas Day.

"Silver Bells"

"Ring-a-ling, hear them ring. Soon it will be Christmas Day."

Silver Bells by Johnny Mathis

Hear Johnny Mathis sing "Silver Bells" in this video.

Silver Christmas Bells on Amazon

Amazon, the online megastore, is a great place to look for silver Christmas bells and ornaments. Here are some of the products currently available. Click the image to get a larger view.

The Polar Express Silver Bell

In this classic Christmas story, a young boy rides the Polar Express train to the North Pole, where he meets Santa and is given a silver bell. He soon discovers that he and the other children who believe in Santa can hear its sweet sound, but others cannot. This is a must-read story for everyone.

The Polar Express
The Polar Express
Amazon product description: One couldn't select a more delightful and exciting premise for a children's book than the tale of a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole. And one couldn't ask for a more talented artist and writer to tell the story than Chris Van Allsburg. Allsburg, a sculptor who entered the genre nonchalantly when he created a children's book as a diversion from his sculpting, won the 1986 Caldecott Medal for this book, one of several award winners he's produced. The Polar Express rings with vitality and wonder.

Hallmark Polar Express Silver Sleigh Bell - Does the bell still ring for you?

Hallmark QXI2409 The Bell Still Rings for Me Polar Express Bell 2011 Keepsake Ornament
Hallmark QXI2409 The Bell Still Rings for Me Polar Express Bell 2011 Keepsake Ornament
Description: Keepsake Ornaments let you bring big milestones and little moments to your tree for you to remember always.

"Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe." - The Polar Express

Thomas Kinkade Silver Bells Christmas Tree Ornaments

This set of two silver Thomas Kinkade Christmas tree ornaments was available exclusively from The Bradford Editions.

Both of the Thomas Kinkade Christmas tree ornaments in this set of two are expertly handcrafted of delicate glass and enhanced with a luminous, silvery finish. Sculptural symbols of the holiday season - an Old-World Santa Claus and his sleigh - top the bell-shaped ornaments while scrolling designs provide an elegant border and sparkling snowflakes dangle below.

Christmas Bells

A poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem "Christmas Bells" on Christmas Day, 1863, after learning his son had been injured in the American Civil War. It was later set to music as the song, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along

The unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way,

The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime

A chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black accursed mouth

The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound

The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent

The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn

The households born

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;

"There is no peace on earth," I said;

"For hate is strong,

And mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

"God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!

The Wrong shall fail,

The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will to men!"

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

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