Monday, December 12, 2011

jingle, jingle





Out and about, I jingle as I go about my business. A few years ago, I spotted some jingle bell bracelets. As I'm a bracelet lover, I picked up a few. After Christmas, I went back and bought the rest on clearance, and did it again the following year. I've a little holiday suitcase filled with them.


Usually I wear two or three, accompanied by several charm bracelets in silver. If someone comments on the jingle bells, and genuinely seems to like them...


I give them one (or two). 

I've given away more than I can count to friends, nieces, bank tellers, librarians, store clerks, teachers, nurses, dry cleaners and random ladies at the beauty shop.


Love seeing the smile at an unexpected gift. 


Comment below with one of your favorite holiday traditions, and you just might receive a couple of bracelets in the mail.  I'll select someone on Wednesday, December 14 (so you'll have in time for your date with Mr. Kris Kringle).

42 comments:

Ruby Jean said...

Watching are children make gifts for one another..... I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a Jingle Bracelet.... I am starting a new Linky Party tomorrow...would love it if you linked up to "Sew Crafty Tuesday"

Comeca Jones said...

I love it!! My youngest daughter is autistic 19 yrs old but very active anything that has noise for her and catches her attention she would really love. great stocking stuffer for her and the colors Fab!!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

That would be baking cookies, another theme each year!
I think you should leave your glass filled with these cheery colored bells all holiday season long, just leave it where it stands while taking these lovely pictures :)))
Have a lovely time gearing up for Christmas, Molly xoxoxoxo

quiltdoggie said...

That is just the nicest idea! Next time I find a little doo-dad that I love, I won't be afraid to buy them all (and have my DH tell me that I'm hoarding things * ha!)

Thanks for sharing (with us AND with the random bracelet recipients!

Pinecone said...

I love taking my girlies to buy a little something for each other.

The jingles are so cute - thanks for a chance to win!

xoxo
Ashlyn

Kim K. said...

Don't include my name in the drawing, I need to dig out my special jingle bracelets. I just wanted to say what a lovely idea, Molly. Tis the season for giving!

Everlasting Blooms said...

For the past few years a bunch of girlfriends and I get together for cookie exchanges! They get better every year :)

Your jingle bracelet idea is SUCH a great one! And great colors! Thanks for sharing with us!

xoxo ~ Lynn

It's me said...

I am totally in love ...your bracelets !!...wowwwww......baking cookies for christmas tomorrow evening i will try them out....so next week they will be great !!....i will give Sassie a call maybe we can bake together.....hahahahah!!....love from me....xxx...

Shara said...

I had silver jingle bell bracelet like that but it broke and I miss it so much. I always wore it when I was a Sub in the Kindergarten clases - they loved it so!

Blessed Serendipity said...

When I saw all your colorful jingle bell bracelets It brought back a memory of how we used to tie jingle bells to our shoes so that we could hear that merry sound everywhere we went. One of my favorite Christmas traditions has to be making and decorating sugar cookies.

Danielle

Cottage 1945 said...

I love your bracelets! Let's see, we have a lot of traditions around here, my favorite would be seeing the kiddos eyes light up when they get to pick a present to open on Christmas Eve. Such fun to be a kid(I know this because I never grew up!)

Grammy Goodwill said...

What a fun and thoughtful thing for you to do during the holidays. I can't think of a tradition, other than the usual cookies, caroling, etc. But I will tell you that this year Dollar General had the cutest cookie spatulas/turners. There was a green Christmas tree, a brown gingerbread man, and a blue snowflake. I've had fun giving them away - I didn't even keep one for myself!

Sherry said...

My daughter, Hollie, and I always spend one day Christmas shopping together. We try to find little shops in out of the way places to to buy special handmade gifts.
I love the happy sound jingle bells make...you're bracelets are SO cute !
Merry Christmas

Jori said...

Love those adorable bracelets! I love watching Christmas shows each year. Its a Wonderful Life is my favorite!

Cornflakes and Honey said...

Oh there so pretty, I love the colours!

Homebird said...

They look gorgeous. What a lovely idea x

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

What a wonderful sweet thing to do. Our favorite holiday tradition is and always has been going to candle light service Christmas eve and driving home listening to Handel's Messiah...I have done it for 38 Christmases!!

Banaghaisge said...

Every year I make Granma's Christmas Pudding, and use threepences and sixpences I have collected over the years (because Australia went decimal in 1966 and the New Money wasn't silver enoug to use). The Granma in the title is my Mum's grandmother who was born in 1864. It is the BEST pud - and you make it on Christmas Eve!
Here is the recipe:
http://banaghaisge.blogspot.com/2009/12/granmas-christmas-pudding.html
LUUUURRRVE those bells! Hugs from Down Under

My Vintage Mending said...

Hanging the ornaments on the tree. Everyone in the house loves to stop what they are doing and help. It is so much fun to open the boxes and see the memories...these looked just like shiny brite feather ornaments....I had to look twice. What a sweet gift to give unexpectedly...smiles...Renee

Lisa said...

That's so sweet!

One of our favorite Christmas Eve traditions is making some cookies and taking them to our neighborhood fire station on Christmas Eve. It is part of our Christmas Eve every year, and since my brother was a fire fighter, I can appreciate the sacrifices they make, not just over the holidays but year round.

koralee said...

Now that is the sweetest tradition I have ever heard of....xoxoxo

Barbara said...

I love this idea - a little gift like this can really spread the joy!

Catherine Denton said...

THAT is a brilliant idea! I can just picture the surprised grin on their faces.

One of my favorite traditions is playing board games on Christmas Eve with mounds of treats sitting around us.
Catherine Denton

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Most surely my kids faces on Christmas morning and the dog in the middle of it all knowing something special is taking place. Hot cocoa and cinnamon rolls in the oven for a mid morning snack.

DianeM said...

Those bracelets are soooo cute :) What a fun idea. One of my fave Christmas traditions really involves just the hubs & myself. Every Christmas Eve after the kids are in bed & the house is quiet the two of us have a glass of Baileys & watch the old black & white version of "Great Expectations" - I know it's not a Christmas movie but my dh loves it, so we watch it. Alec Guiness is about 17 yo in the movie - that's how long ago it was filmed!
merry Christams!
Smiles, DianeM
basketblessed@yahoo.com

DianeM said...

Ooops! That was supposed to say "Merry Christmas" as the end of my message...I guess I need more tea to wake my fingers up!
Smiles, DianeM
basketblessed@yahoo.com

Kim Stewart said...

Going to the Christmas Eve service at the Naval Academy Chapel is one of my favorite traditions. The pipe organ, the choir and the soaring ceilings with the Christmas music and candlelight are just magical!

Carla said...

They look like Shiny Brites!!! So happy and colorful!! Would love a couple of them!

notes of sincerity said...

You are so sweet to share with us. :0)
I love Christmas morning with my husband and children. :0)

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

AW, how sweet of you to give one to whoever compliments them! What a fun surprise that must be to them! They are soooo cute! I would love to win one!

A favorite tradition for us is sitting and looking at the tree when we're done decorating it- sipping hot chocolate and listening to Roger Whitaker's Christmas Album. ♥

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh these are so so pretties!! What gorgeous colours & fun idea, love Posie

Jennifer said...

One of my favorite traditions is baking cookies, the same recipes i baked as a little girl with my mom, and Christmas carols playing.

Deborah said...

I have two favorite holiday traditions. First is Stockings for everyone in the family. My children and their spouse, my husband and grandkids. I try to pick things up for months. I love it more than the presents.
Second is gingerbread houses with my granddaughter.

Love the bracelets. Thanks for the opportunity. My favorite colors.

(Oh yes, I can't leave out Christmas music only from Thanksgiving till New Years! :-)

FairieMoon said...

Favorite tradition. In my house, the whole season is filled with one tradition after another that are all essential and uncompromisingly my favorite. This year, however, my first back at work in some 17 odd years, I am having to forgo or rethink many of them because of the restriction on time. Luckily, I don't have much time to mourn their absence.

My favorite of years gone by, however, is crab dinner. When we lived in CA, we used to get together, during the holidays with my cousins and eat crab. I always looked forward to this time together (and of course the crab...missing the crab here on the East coast).

MelMel said...

I really like the the rainbow loveliness of these bracelets! They look such fun to wear!xxx

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

The bracelets are just darling! How sweet of you to give them away too on occasion. We are starting new traditions, now that we have Maggie, but one thing we have liked to do is take a walk or drive around the neighborhood on Christmas even for a tour of lights!

georgie said...

Ooh I just love those bracelets hope I'm lucky enough to get one ;-).
My favourite christmas tradition hmmmm let me see that's a hard one . . . .well I can't wait for the kid's to break up from school and visit a few christmas markets and trim the tree and do loads of christmas crafting at home with the kid's and just generally lounge in our PJ's and not have to do the 9-5.Sorry that's more than one perhaps it's just all of it the whole christmas thing.
Merry christmas to you hugs Georgie x

Elyse said...

could you be any sweeter or any cuter? you are adorable, miss jingle.

one of our favorite traditions is to decorate gingerbread houses. of course last year, we started making "gumdrop guys" and now my boys are as into creating those as perhaps legos! a fun and sticky new tradition!

xo
elyse

Melissa said...

i saw your bowl of bells on Pinterest and had to Like it so i could find out later what exactly it was. Beautiful display and even grander idea! How cool are you!!? thanks for sharing!

Thoroughly Modern Me said...

Each year I find a special ornament for each of my children. Something that reminds them of a favorite activity or something they did the past year.

Tiffany from HOLIDAY said...

these are so cute I'm sorry I missed out! xo

Kindred Spirits said...

I love the idea behiind the bracelet. I think I might have to come up with something for next christmas. Share the love! Thanks for a great blog, Belinda