The brilliant Christmas tradition your family should start today!

Last year, our family started the best Christmas tradition ever! Since our extended family often gets together for the holidays (with 24 people in one house), we are always on the lookout for meaningful activities to do together each night for Christmas devotionals. This year, two of my sisters brought handbells, and a new tradition was born!┬áToday I’m sharing printable Christmas handbell music for five popular carols.

Our newest Christmas tradition--handbells! Download printable Christmas handbell music for 5 popular carols to start your own family tradition today. {}

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Before I share the music, I’ve got to tell you more about our fun tradition!

Christmas Handbell Tradition

Here’s what you need:
  • Handbells or Boomwhackers — enough that each person can have one bell (The music is for the set of 8.) You don’t need to buy the most expensive set of bells. My set was around $20, and it works just as well as my sisters’ more expensive sets.
  • Printable music (1 copy for every 2 people) — get the download later in the post
  • Family and friends ready to have some fun!

Our newest Christmas tradition--handbells! Download printable Christmas handbell music for 5 popular carols to start your own family tradition today. {}


*If you are working with kids, be sure to give a little bit of instruction before you pass out the bells. Tell what you expect. (For example: Please leave the bell on the ground in front of you until we are ready to play. Don’t bang the bells together, etc.)

  1. Give instructions.
  2. Pass out the bells and music.
  3. Practice. Help everyone understand how to read the music and when and how they should ring their bell.
  4. Sing while you play. The notes on the printable show the correct timing, but you don’t need to be able to read music to play the bells. If you sing while you play, it will help everyone play with the correct timing.
  5. Trade bells once in a while. Some bells aren’t used very often. (Adults who are not too excited about handbells might be perfect for those bells. But, really, who doesn’t get excited about ringing a bell? It’s so much fun!)


Our newest Christmas tradition--handbells! Download printable Christmas handbell music for 5 popular carols to start your own family tradition today. {}

Download your music

Ready to download your Christmas handbell music? I’ve included five songs: Away in a Manger, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, Silent Night, and Silver Bells. Silver Bells is definitely the most advanced. Try that one after your family has lots of practice.

Check out the brilliant Christmas tradition that your family should start today! We're on year #2, and it's so much fun! {}

I’ve included a color version (pictured above) and a black and white version. Choose the printable Christmas handbell music version that works best for you.

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  1. This is something most any child would love. We did something similar in Sunday School many, many years ago. I forgot until I saw this post.

  2. This is really cute. What a great DIY for the holidays, and then you get to play with them as well! Perfect all around!

  3. That is so cool! I’ve never heard of this before, but I’m sure kids find this a lot of fun. I know my kids would have a blast doing this. Definitely an original idea and I like that it takes a little teamwork too.

  4. I haven’t thought much about bells since my boys were very young. This is a cute craft.

  5. This is great! I haven’t thought about handbells since I was in school! We used to do them in music class all the time. I love the printable! Your right this would definitely make a wonderful new family tradition.

    • Thanks, Carrie. It was always a special treat in music class when we got to play the bells. We didn’t get to do it very often. I love that my girls can do this any time they want.

  6. What a great tradition to start with kids. We love to make DIY things, especially when kids have off school for holiday breaks

  7. What an adorable holiday idea that the entire family can get involved with. We love music, so incorporating a tradition like this would be so much fun!

  8. Oh how fun! Such a wonderful holiday idea.

  9. I have never heard of this tradition before. I bet that the more people you have the more fun it might be.

    • We do it with four sets of bells and about twenty-six people (when the whole family is in town), and it is really fun. We also do it with just our family of five, and that’s fun, too.

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