A jingle bell is a type of bell which produces a distinctive 'jingle' sound, especially in large numbers. They find use in many areas as a percussion instrument, including the classic sleigh bell sound and morris dancing. They are typically used as a cheaper alternative to small 'classic' bells.
Jingle bells are produced from a single piece of sheet metal bent into a roughly spherical shape to contain a small ball bearing or short piece of metal rod. This method of production results in the classic two- or four-leaved shape.
- In olden days gone by, people thought that evil spirits would come to harm them during the dark days of Winter. Bells and other noisemakers were used to scare away the evil spirits.
- Bells have been incorporated into many activities, including being rung at Christmas to celebrate the season and to proclaim the birth of Christ.
- Bells are also referred to in many Christmas songs, hymns and carols.
- All size bells are popular Christmas Decorations and come in many colors as well.
The word Christmas
is derived from Middle English Christemasse and from Old English Cristes mæsse. It is a contraction meaning "Christ's mass". The name of the holiday is often shortened to Xmas because Roman letter "X" resembles the Greek letter Χ (chi), an abbreviation for Christ (Χριστός).
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