Christmas Tradition by kt8ird

Christmas Tradition

My father gave me this collection of Reed & Barton bells, The 12 Days of Christmas, about 25 years ago. It is our tradition to polish them up and put them on display each year. It is a lovely memory and tradition.

A Partridge in a Pear Tree
(2) Turtle Doves
(3) French Hens
(4) Calling Birds
(5) Gold Rings
(6) Geese-a-Laying
(7) Swans-a-Swimming
(8) Maids-a-Milking
(9) Ladies Dancing
(10) Lords-a-Leaping
(11) Pipers Piping
(12) Drummers Drumming

My sister received a matching set. For the record, mine are better.
It is nice that you put them out to enjoy. They are beautifully crafted.
November 30th, 2014  
wonderful quality collection!!
December 1st, 2014  
Wonderful picture of a beautiful collection.
December 1st, 2014  
What a nice tradition you father started.
They are gorgeous Kate, love how you displayed them.
December 1st, 2014  
Beautiful collection. What a wonderful gift!
December 1st, 2014  
They are lovely! What a kind gift!
December 1st, 2014  
What a marvelous tradition and gift - something your girls will always remember, too. They are just beautiful. Think things like this that come out for just a short period each year are so meaningful and such a treasure.
December 1st, 2014  
They are beautiful!
December 1st, 2014  
These are lovely Kate, do they all sound the same note? They tested my memory too, but eventually I got them all ;-). Not easy to photograph shiny things and avoid unwanted reflections... you've done well with these.
December 1st, 2014  
You set up your shots so well. Nice light, interesting background, and perfect comp. I used to enjoy helping my mother polish the silver at the holidays. I'm sure your girls appreciate this tradition as well.
December 1st, 2014  
Wow what a beautiful highly cherished collection!
December 1st, 2014  
@vignouse Hi Richard, they are listed in the description now. They do all sound the same. The girls love to ring them. And mix them up, getting them out of order. Those birds are tricky!! I shot these in a dark room with a flash bounced off a white posterboard. I couldn't get rid of the camera reflection, though I don't think it's too distracting.
December 1st, 2014  
@mbemis Yes, so much easier to polish silver these days!
December 1st, 2014  
I LOVE bells! I have a few that were my mother's and treasure them dearly!! These are just beautiful!!! What a treasure these are and will be wonderful to pass down!! I think the camera flash adds to the photo and makes them sparkle more!!! Great capture!!! FAV!
December 1st, 2014  
This is so cool! Can they be hung up as ornaments? Is that why they have the eye hook part?
December 1st, 2014  
@espyetta They can be hung up on the tree. We leave them out as sort of a display. Mostly so we can play with them. :)
December 1st, 2014  
@cashew Hi Kathy - After posting this I am thinking about doing something similar for the girls. Although they need to be just a little bit older before getting the "good stuff." Thank you for your nice comment!
December 1st, 2014  
Beautiful--both your photo and the heritage. A Christmas tradition that rings true! (Fav)
December 1st, 2014  
Congratulations on making the Trending Page. Well deserved.
December 1st, 2014  
What a lovely and unusual tradition!
December 1st, 2014  
Beautiful shot and tradition, and I loved the little bit of sibling rivalry with your sister.
December 1st, 2014  
Nicely done Kate. All the detail is so clear. I'm curious about how they sound too.
December 1st, 2014  
fav-ulous capture
December 1st, 2014  
Lovely tradition & super bells, made for a great photo
December 1st, 2014  
beautiful bells great Tradition :)
December 1st, 2014  
Beautiful bells
December 1st, 2014  
So very pretty. Love the shot and the tradition.
December 1st, 2014  
What a lovely series of images. I love the idea of this.
December 1st, 2014  
Great capture and lovely tradition. Katharine
December 1st, 2014  
fav Kay
December 1st, 2014  
How beautiful! What a wonderful treasure!
December 2nd, 2014  
Wonderful composition and great for the minimalism technique.
December 2nd, 2014  
these are beautiful and you photographed them really well, too! i read the other day that it costs u.s.$116,273 to get all these items in real life! thankfully yours can be kept in a box to be enjoyed hopefully for life!
December 3rd, 2014  
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