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"Every time a bell rings, an angel grows hers wings"

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MadamePeacock Wed 05-Oct-16 15:37:43

I was shopping in The Range earlier today and had a little look at the Christmas decorations. There was a tree decoration that said the above phrase.

AIBU to have found this upsetting?

To begin with, why are angels being classed as just female? And secondly, I found it really upsetting as I have two angels waiting in Heaven.

MadHattersWineParty Wed 05-Oct-16 15:40:01


Nanny0gg Wed 05-Oct-16 15:40:19

It's a misquote from 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.

Sorry for your loss.

Thingmcthingyface Wed 05-Oct-16 15:40:27

I'd more annoyed that The Range don't proofread their Christmas decorations.

Pettywoman Wed 05-Oct-16 15:41:34

It's from a film, ' It's a Wonderful Life' with Jimmy Stewart. I don't think it's supposed to be a her though.

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Wed 05-Oct-16 15:42:10

There's a Marylin Manson lyric a bit like that.

Only it's a worm, not an angel.

FlouncingIntoAutumn Wed 05-Oct-16 15:44:14

It's a phrase that I think was popularised, or possibly came, from the film 'Its a wonderful life'

In the context of the film I found it heart warming. In the film one of the main themes is a male angel earning his wings.

flowers that you've found it saddening. Sometimes little things catch us off guard and the surprise of it makes it just that bit worse.

Iguessyourestuckwithme Wed 05-Oct-16 15:44:40

Think you're being a little sensitive about it.

steff13 Wed 05-Oct-16 15:45:44

As mentioned, it's from It's a Wonderful Life. A popular Christmas movie.

Christmas decorations in October are very upsetting, though.

Eolian Wed 05-Oct-16 15:47:56

It's just a (mis)quote. Most people don't believe in angels, so I don't suppose any offense was meant.

PurpleDaisies Wed 05-Oct-16 15:48:26

I think you are being sensitive about it, but it's understandable given your losses. I once cried in Thornton because I didn't have to buy my grandad special toffee for Christmas after he died.

I don't think the range have done anything wrong (except misquote the film).

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 05-Oct-16 15:50:07

Sorry you feel sad. Christmas must he hard flowers

MissBattleaxe Wed 05-Oct-16 15:50:11

I'm sorry for your losses. flowers

This is a very old saying that was made popular by the film "It's A Wonderful Life".

I don't think there's any sexism or offence meant. Angels are going to be everywhere at Christmas. Angels can be male or female, regardless of what a bauble says. I hope you find peace and comfort. x

Mermaidsandbutterflies Wed 05-Oct-16 15:59:16

I think they probably purposely misquoted the film so they don't get done for copyright...

By the way I make hand made things and I have completely sold out of my xmas range at the beginning of September! surprising how many people want xmas stuff really early on in the year.

Before I started making things it used to really get on my nerves seeing xmas things in the shops so early!

TheLegendOfBeans Wed 05-Oct-16 16:04:13

Seeing as I thought this thread would be about the loss of a child/children YADNBU.

For me it has connotations of loss and grief, possibly not the intention.

DrWhooves Wed 05-Oct-16 16:05:25

Some people like having things like that to remind them of deceased loved ones at Christmas, lots would find it comforting rather than upsetting. I'm considering getting something similar for a friend who was widowed earlier this year.

NobleKnickerNibbler Wed 05-Oct-16 16:12:57

I think you're being a bit sensitive but that's okay. That's certainly allowed flowers

The original quote refers to a male angel called Clarence.

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KellyBoo800 Wed 05-Oct-16 16:38:27

As previous posters have said, it's a (mis)quote from It's a Wonderful Life.

I have every sympathy for your losses so (assuming you haven't seen the film) it might make you feel better to know that an angel "getting it's wings" doesn't mean that someone has died. It means that an angel has "earned" it's wings. So the quote is not meant to invoke any sad feelings but happy ones. As I said though, so sorry for your losses.

ShowMeTheElf Wed 05-Oct-16 16:48:30

Sorry for your loss Madame Peacock.

Jasonandyawegunorts Wed 05-Oct-16 16:52:36

As others have said, it's a misquote. In a wonderful life the angel is male.

sonlypuppyfat Wed 05-Oct-16 16:53:03

So sad flowers but angels are not people

NobleKnickerNibbler Wed 05-Oct-16 16:55:43

It's actually a very uplifting film OP. At the end of the film when the little girl says 'every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings' it's a very joyful moment.

MadamePeacock Wed 05-Oct-16 18:03:34

Thank you everyone. I'm 8 weeks pregnant so very hormonal

Jasonandyawegunorts Wed 05-Oct-16 18:07:38


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