Collectible and Vintage Christmas Bells
The tradition of ringing bells at Christmas evolved from an ancient pagan winter rite in which people rang bells or made noise to frighten off the evil spirits who were thought to bring bad fortune and disease. The earliest bells were cup-shaped and had to be struck to make a sound. Later, ancient peoples developed bells with an internal clapper. Besides frightening demons, Sumerian, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Egyptians found another...