What would the holidays be without bells?

Bells are a big part of the holiday season, which I haven’t really figured out.  Salvation Army collectors ring them in front of stores and on street corners, we hang tiny ones on trees and churches release giant bells on Christmas Day.  Many of us have seen Frank Capra’s classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, in which little Zuzu declares:  “every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.”  The human race provides a ridiculous number of wings each holiday season.

When I hear the ting of tiny bells on Christmas trees, I cannot help but fondly remember our old family dog, Sparky.  She was a mutt, as loyal as a dog comes, who lived for 16 solid years.  No matter how  much space there was, she had a habit of walking right along the Christmas tree.  Her tail wagging, she would send ornaments flying and bells ringing as if her life depended on it.  I wonder exactly how many angels received wings from my dog?

Ring a bell:  make an angel fly.

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