You can’t NOT teach Christmas Bells in singing time without handbells! This Primary Christmas song is just yearning to be played on the handbells!
If you are new to handbells but would LOVE to try them this Christmas, this handbell chart is for you! Christmas Bells is the simplest Christmas song in the songbook when playing handbells.
Christmas Bells Song Lyrics
Find the sheet music to Christmas Bells on the Church’s website. The lyrics are so simple, your Primary will have them memorized in no time:
Christmas bells are ringing. Hear what they say to you: Jesus is born in Bethlehem, in Bethlehem.
Printable Hand Bell Melody for Christmas Bells Song
Download this 3-page hand bell chart when playing the melody for Christmas Bells:
Download the Free Christmas Bells Singing Time Printables
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Printable Hand Bell Descant for Christmas Bells Song
Also available is a hand bell chart for Christmas Bells that plays the descant (this is the additional music that’s played above the melody). This handbell chart requires no sharps, only the basic 8-not set!
How to Teach the Christmas Bells LDS Primary Song with Hand Bells
- What brands I recommend
- Where to purchase handbells including a discount code
- How to play them
Tips for Teaching the Christmas Bells LDS Primary Song to Younger Kids
When teaching Christmas Bells in singing time using handbells, I recommend quickly learning the words and melody by posting the words using this flip chart format.
Once Christmas Bells is learned, pass out the required handbells to create your handbell choir. Children who do not receive a handbell this round, will get a turn the next round.
Those with handbells ring when you point to their note/color. Those without handbells sing. Switch bell ringers with singers and repeat so everyone eventually gets to have a turn ringing the handbells.
Bear testimony that you know Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. Christmas bells are symbolic of proclaiming His birth.
More Christmas Singing Time Ideas
Make sure to check out more Christmas singing time ideas including other songs in and out of Children’s Songbook.
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Christmas Bells.