Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
Local residents took part in a worldwide Christmas Eve jingle bell event to spread joy.
Participants stood on their doorstep and rang a bell for two minutes at 6pm on Thursday 24th December 2020.
After what has been an unprecedented year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with people losing loved ones, being separated from family and friends, and struggling with the impact of lockdown restrictions, the hope was to bring magic, hope and togetherness to communities.
Worldwide Christmas Eve Jingle 2020 was the idea of Mary Beggs-Reid, 41, an estate manager from Harrogate. She was inspired by the ‘Clap for Carers’ initiative, along with the movie ‘Elf’ starring Will Ferrell in which characters sing to provide Christmas spirit to fuel Santa’s sleigh.
Mary Beggs-Reid said: “For some it will not change anything but for others it will be heart-breaking. This will be our happy moment. Covid cannot take this from us so ring louder. This year the Christmas spirit is so needed and for two minutes we can make sure nobody feels alone.”
One of the participants was Robert Richardson of Lear Drive in Wistaston. Robert is a member of Crewe Brass and usually plays the drums in the brass band. However, for one night only he rang bells – two sets of sleigh bells and a school bell!
Robert Richardson said: “It’s Christmas Eve! It is the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, and we’re a bit cheerier than normal. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be. It is really a sort of a miracle. Because it happens every Christmas Eve, I guess the world would be a better place though if we could be like that every day. Happy holidays everyone.”
The ‘Worldwide Christmas Eve Jingle 2020’ Facebook group has signed up over 480,000 members. Members of the Facebook group have also posted pictures of their Christmas trees and decorations.