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.