Handbells for Christmas


Christmas is just around the corner!  If you want to prepare yourself for a magical Christmas season in singing time, your primary needs handbells for Christmas!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Handbells for Christmas singing time ideas

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If you know me, then you know how much I love handbells!  In December, I have several activities incorporating handbells in singing time!  So if your primary doesn’t own a set, I HIGHLY recommend that you get one!  

I’ve added these NEW handbell charts to my Resource Library for the following Christmas songs:

Away in a Manger

Christmas is my FAVORITE time to use handbells, especially on the suggested songs! One of the suggested songs for December is the hymn, Away in a Manger.

Now available is a bell chart using chords for the hymn variation (the Children’s Songbook variation is HERE).    

Camille's Primary Ideas: Away in a Manger Bell Chart

Joy To the World

Another hymn added is Joy to the World.  There’s no better way of bringing joy into the world than singing this hymn with handbells!  It also uses chords.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Joy to the World Bell Chart singing time ideas

Silent Night

The final bell chart added is Silent Night.  Again, it utilizes chords and is my favorite of the 3 (if I’m being honest!).  It’s beautiful!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Silent Night Bells singing time idea

Access my printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

How to Use Handbells

I have a post HERE for using handbells in singing time.  It details what I recommend you purchase, where to get them and how I use them.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Merry Bells

Merry Bells is my favorite for a basic set!

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I use handbells throughout the year in singing time, not just at Christmas.  Scroll through all of my singing time lesson plans that incorporate handbells HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Am like a Star singing time idea using handbells and melody map

Make sure to also check out my ever-growing list of handbell charts HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Big list of Handbell Note Charts singing time ideas

Coming soon is a Christmas singing time activity utilizing all 3 of these bell charts plus more!  Your primary will LOVE playing the handbells in singing time this Christmas season!

Let me know if you have any questions about getting your primary a set of handbells!

Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Away in a Manger, Joy to the World and Silent Night.


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7 thoughts on “Handbells for Christmas”

  1. Hi Camille! I just got my bells— I’m so excited to use them. Does the Christmas Bells descant jump around octaves if you just use the 8-bell pack? I’m wondering if I should order the bigger pack. Just wondering which you use for this song since you’ve done it a lot.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Kristen!

      I hope you love your bells! I never worry about octaves when we play. I use all the octaves at the same time so more kids get to ring the bells. And it sounds great! I would recommend getting more only if you want more kids to play more bells at the same time. I hope that answers your question.


  2. Camille Our Primary Program was yesterday and went so well. Now I am excited to start using bells with the kids for the Holidays. I have purchased 2 sets of Merry Bells. I go to your bell charts and try to play the song and the pitches are not right. I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong Help
    Ruthanne Randall

  3. Hi Camille,
    I just printed out the bell chart for Jingle Bells and I am a little confused on how to use it. Do you ring the bells just on the word that is listed on the chart or do you repeat that chord on like count 1 and 3 until you play the next chord? Hope that makes sense.



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