Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Silver Bells, Silver Bells . . . It's Christmas Time at Linderhof


For once a year we get out our Silver Bells -- the Reed and Barton silver bells -- each with a date.
From our November honeymoon 40 years ago, the start of the collection. What better way to remember a special time than at Christmas each year as we put this special silver bell on our tree.
The love from the silver bells comes from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" for each time a bell rings, an angel gets it's wings.
We don't mind if we accidentally bump the tree . . . and one of the bells ring. For we know . . . an angel got it's wings!
I don't have 40 silver bells for most were Christmas gifts from my brother (when we exchanged Christmas gifts) and now with my birthday money, I've started buying a bell each year (quite appropriate as my birthday is in early December).

Some are special remembrances such as the bell from our 25th anniversary year (a gift from a dear friend which commemorates that special anniversary) or the bells from the Homes for the Holiday tours when Linderhof was on tour. Those are indeed special bells.

This year's bell is not on the tree yet -- but it has been ordered . . . with the special engraving "40th Anniversary 2009". I hope to pick it up soon for it needs to be on the tree . . . nestled next to the bell that we bought so many years ago -- which celebrates our first Christmas together.

Please join Tam at The Gypsy's Corner for Three or More Tuesday and see what everyone has been collecting!


16 comments:

Diann said...

Hi!

I love seeing silver bells at Christmas! Nice collection!

Have a wonderful day!

Betsy said...

Ome of my favorite songs at Christmas is Silver Bells. I like them dangling from a swag on the door also. Your collection is so pretty on the tree.
Betsy

Mar said...

What a wonderful tradition and beautiful bells!!

Chris said...

I love tradition, and this one is beautiful!

Happy Christmas Martha!

kat said...

Thanks for the comment.

I love silver bells...I also have silver bells on my Christmas tree.

Have a great day.

hip chick said...

What a lovely and sweet tradition. I love It's a Wonderful Life also. My favorite movie of all time.

From the Kitchen said...

Your post makes me want to go put "It's a Wonderful Life" on and sip some tea. The bells are such a lovely idea. I think I'd be purposefully bumping the tree every time I passed it. Thank you for sharing such a lovely tradition.

Susan said...

What a wonderful tradition. Do you suppose it is too late to start collecting now?..hmmm Beautiful

Cathy said...

A beautiful tradition, Martha. I've collected the Wallace bells for years and love to see them hanging on our tree at Christmas time.

Erica said...

Martha.....That is such a nice collection. I love anything silver except cleaning it. :-) What a wonderful tradition.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful collection of bells! I just watched It's a Wonderful Life this past week :)

Pondside said...

What a special collection. I like the idea of a collection that comes out once a year - once a year it's new and interesting. I have a collection of German bells from the Hutschenreuther company. I no longer add to it, but each year when I unpack the bells and hang them I'm reminded of happy Christmases in Germany.

house things said...

How pretty and what a nice tradition. Enjoy the day!

Mary said...

Now that is a special collection, Martha. How wonderful that you'll be able to commemorate your anniversary with one of them.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Fabulous collection. And I love that you don't mind bumping the tree & making the bells ring. I love "It's a Wonderful Life". And Happy 40th!

Mimi said...

What a wonderful collection of silver bells, Martha.