Bell ringing in Kent on Christmas Eve to combat loneliness and encourage Santa

Families are being encouraged to ring bells from their doorstep on Christmas Eve as part of efforts to combat loneliness and help Santa on his way.

Six months on from the final Clap for Carers, households are once again expected to come to their doorsteps the night before Christmas in another show of support.

People can ring a bell, use a Christmas decoration or, it has been suggested, tap on the side of a glass as if making a speech!
People can ring a bell, use a Christmas decoration or, it has been suggested, tap on the side of a glass as if making a speech!

Towns and villages are appealing for people of all ages to open doors or come to windows at 6pm to join the mass bell ringing.

It is hoped the sound of the bells will remind people they are not alone, whilst for children conjure up some extra Christmas magic to will Santa and his reindeers on their way.

The campaign for a mass show of support was first launched back in October.

The nation is expected to come together once again on Christmas Eve is another show of community support
The nation is expected to come together once again on Christmas Eve is another show of community support

But as growing numbers of communities were plunged into higher tiers to limit the spread of coronavirus, the idea has gathered pace with some schools and nurseries even giving out small bells to children for them to ring at home ahead of the event.

Amongst those to say that they will take part are the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds.

To learn more see the Worldwide Christmas Eve Jingle facebook page here.

Read our 6 top tips for helping the kids to settle down to sleep on Christmas Eve here.

For more family-related news and events visit www.mykentfamily.co.uk

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