Carol of the [Mission] Bells

It’s Christmas: Mommy needs a new Christmas Carol. … But does she need a new ornament?

For this year’s traditional gift of a Christmas Carol and tree Ornament, we present a little twist. The Carol still commemorates an activity from 2013, but it’s presented this year in the form of a decorative garland, arranged in 21 parts: IMG_8293

  • 21 Mission Bells, representing California’s twenty-one Spanish Missions established along El Camino Real from San Diego to San Francisco and Solano.
  • 14 Commemorative charms from the fourteen missions we visited this year (thirteen on our MK Mission Mission in June, and Mission Santa Cruz from August).
  • 14 mini-framed “Mission Bells” photos from our trip.
  • Not yet pictured: Seven spaces left to be filled, when we are able to complete the Mission Mission with visits to San Diego and the remaining missions of the SF Bay Area.

For the record, here’s the “Carol of the Bells,” as performed this winter by the combined choirs of Willow Glen High School and Middle Schools, ironically presented sans bell:

Past Christmas Carol gifts:

2012: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
2011: Most Wonderful Day of the Year
2010: O Tanenbaum
2009: Frosty the Snowman
2008: The Race That Long in Darkness Pined
2007: Away in a Manger
2006: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
2005: What Child is This?
2004: I Saw three Ships
2003: One-Horse Open Sleigh (Jingle Bells)
2002: A Sweetie Goose in a Pear Tree (12 Days of Christmas)