Josh Hankemeier – For many years now it has has been a tradition for Muppet fans from all over the world to ring bells on December 21st at a certain time to celebrate friendship, our fandom, and our admiration of Jim Henson. It was inspired by “The Bells of Fraggle Rock” where all of the Fraggles had to ring their bells in sequence with the Great Bell in order to keep the rock from freezing over at winter time. For at least one minute all over the world, this tradition gives the fan community a sense of connection… Muppet fans all over ringing bells, as Cantus said, “All together, all at the same time.”
For the past few years, we here at The Muppet Mindset have fully jumped behind the bells. Out of tradition, the bells have always been rung on December 21st at 9:00pm. Sometimes coinciding with watching “The Bells of Fraggle Rock” with the bell ringing, naturally, done the same time as the Fraggles at the end of the special.
Muppet fans can ring bells all together, for just one minute, to celebrate Muppety goodness, friendship, and a sense of togetherness. If nothing else, ring the bell for Jim Henson and all of the good things he brought our lives and stood for and influenced you. We may not be able to hear each others bells, but that’s okay. As a wise composer once put it “don’t worry if it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear.”
If you watch the DVD version, and begin it at exactly 8:38pm (Central Time, folks!), you, the Fraggles, and Muppet fans around the world will ring your bells at the exact same time! If you don’t have it on DVD, you can watch it here!
So come on, Muppet fans, let us all ring our bells and let them chime throughout the world so that we can show our sense of pride and togetherness once again.