With bells on?

I’ll be there with bells on!  You’ve heard this phrase, and maybe have even used it.  It means you’re excited to be invited, say to a party, and you’ll be very pleased to attend.  The origin can’t be nailed down conclusively, however, one possible explanation comes from the westward expansion in the United states. According to Plan Sponsor dot com, settlers crossed the country in wagons being pulled by horses, mules or, in some cases, oxen. The collars were often fitted with headdresses of bells. George Stumway, in his book “Conestoga Wagon 1750-1850,” says that the wagon-drivers personalized the bells to tunings of their liking and took great pride in them. If a wagon became stuck, a wagon-driver who came to the rescue often asked for a set of bells as reward.  Arriving at a destination without the bells hurt a driver’s professional pride, whereas getting there “with bells on” was a source of satisfaction.  Listen to the podcast here;    https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/