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.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Reprise - Silver Bells, Silver Bells -- It's Christmas Time at Linderhof

First posted on December 14, 2009,  it tells the story behind our silver bells that fill our tree every Christmas.     Since then I've been on a mission to acquire all (now 42) bells and so at every flea market and antique mall I'm looking for the silver bells.     I've found a few but I'm still missing some . . . and I keep that list in my wallet so that if I do come across a silver bell I know if I need it or not!

I've not gotten this year's but it will be at Linderhof before we decorate the tree so it can take pride of place for 2011.

I may make a real effort in 2012 to complete my collection by searching ebay religiously for the bells I need.

It's Sunday and I'm joining Chari at Happy To Design for Sunday Favorites and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.     Please see what everyone is up to this Sunday.

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.


acorn hollow said...

so pretty and just think of all of the angels that will get their wings.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful silver bells, Martha! Wonderful post.

Maggie said...

You collection of silver bells is wonderful, how precious they must all be to you both.
Fingers crossed that you complete the set soon.

Snap said...

So many angels to get wings!!! :D :D :D Lovely reprise!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

What a great collection... I hope you are able to find all the ones you are missing. I have only one, from 1989, and I was going to offer it to you but I see you already have one. It was an office gift from someone, of no particular sentimental value to me. I love your reason for collecting them...

And, by the way, Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary too. Congratulations on 40 years of marriage - that is simply wonderful.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

Your silver bell collection is wonderful, my friend! And...what a wonderful way to "mark" a special occasion such as your anniversary! Thank you for sharing your beautiful collection with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week!

Warmest Christmas Wishes,

On Crooked Creek said...

What a lovley Tradition, dear friend! I had no idea you collected these lovley silver bells! Just beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Silver appropriate for the season. I'm a bell collector so I love seeing yours.

The Tablescaper said...

What an amazing collection and all of the memories behind it. Thanks for bringing this post to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Denise said...

Hi Martha,

I love this post! Ironically, my husband and I bought our first silver bell on our trip to Replacements, Ltd., last week. We got the Christmas 2011 silver bell by Wallace Silversmiths. It has a snowflake-shaped handle; I just love it! We've been married 24 1/2years, but I just never thought about getting those bells until we saw them at Replacements. I've decided it's dangerous to our pocketbook to go there at Christmastime. :)

Thanks so much for your visit from Seasonal Sundays a week ago and for your kind comments. We do treasure those stockings; my mother-in-law has made those for all of her children and grandchildren. I hope you and your family have a Blessed Christmas season!

Denise at Forest Manor