Christmas presents – could be gifts with real meaning

What makes a really meaningful Christmas gift?

Will your Christmas present be something special this year? will it be a gift with meaning?     

SEE some inspirational  Christmas Presents  and gifts with real meaning in our online shop

Christmas (or Xmas as it is sometimes called) is an occasion that lets you gift a really special and meaningful present . . an inspirational present that has real meaning at this time of year.

At Christmas, in the 21st Century, presents are often exchanged as a ritual . . sometimes with little thought as to the significance. But Christmas presents can also pass on our love and our good wishes to friends, family and loved-ones. So how can we best achieve this? How can we find meaningful Christmas presents / Xmas gifts with meaning?

Dichroic peace pendant
Something totally unique – a handmade dichroic glass pendant featuring the lucky Indalo of southern Spain – sometimes called a ‘messenger of God’
Scallop shell St James
Pretty bracelet with meaning: This one has the scallop shell of the Camino de Santiago . . the Way of St James in northern Spain
Gifts with soul - giftwrap
Gift wrapping and personalised message card included with all Christmas gifts
St Christopher charm
Perhaps a friend / loved-one is going on a journey and you want to give them a present with real significance
St James cross silver necklace
St James cross silver necklace

In days gone by, before Christianity, at the winter solstice (23rd December), it was the custom for a man to dress up and cover himself in Holly. A woman was likewise dressed in Ivy (the female counterpart of Holly). Together they would parade through the streets hand in hand leading the old year into the new. This symbolic interaction of Goddess and God during nature’s decline was supposed to guide the new light of the Sun-God and encourage fresh growth and renewed vegetation during the coming year. (Nowadays, the Holly King has been stylised by the figure of Santa Claus – who is one of the many folklore characters that emerge at this time of year, and that have age-old significance and meaning.)

Stockings used to be hung by the chimney so that Santa (or St. Nicholas) could toss coins down the chimney – falling neatly into stockings left drying by the hearth. And so, to this day, we leave out our stockings in the hope that a similar bit of good luck will befall us. The door of the house can be left open to allow any evil spirits to leave and a candle can be placed in a window to burn all night – thus ensuring good fortune for the household for another year. On Christmas Eve (in Spanish: Nochebuena) in parts of Andalucía (where we have a base – although our business is international), as the stars come out, tiny oil lamps are lit in every house, and after Midnight Mass and Christmas Dinner, people fill the streets: Some dance to the sound of small guitars, gourd rattles, tambourines and castanets. Others sing carols (villancicos).

Christianity has adapted many of the old traditions. For example, the door to the house is sometimes left unlatched so that Mary and Joseph can avail themselves of a welcome. Sometimes, a loaf of bread filled with caraway seeds and raisins is left on the table with a pitcher of milk next to the lit candle. 

Elves Happy Christmas

Spanish children think of the Three Kings (los Reyes Magos) as the gift bearers. They arrive on January 6th, the date that the Wise Men gave gifts to Joseph and Mary for their newly arrived son, Jesus. (This is the start of the celebration of the festival of Epiphany.) The children fill their ‘zapatos’ with straw or barley for the tired camels/horses/donkeys that have carried the Wise Men through the night – and during the night, parents replace this straw with sweets / chocolates / bombones / caramelos, so that, by the morning, the straw appears miraculously ‘eaten’ by the animals, and replaced with these delicious gifts and presents. For these children, they really do seem to receive Christmas gifts with meaning.

Mistletoe – another Christmas / Xmas tradition with great history (and which, in the Celtic language, means “all heal”), was believed to have all sorts of miraculous qualities including the power of healing diseases, banning evil spirits, bringing good luck and bestowing great blessings. To this day, it is still used at Christmas to bring good luck and bestow blessings onto those who kiss beneath it.    

So . . . do you know someone who would appreciate a meaningful Christmas present this year? A Christmas gift with a bit more significance?

Gift a present to help your friends and loved-ones to have not only a great Christmas and New Year, but also a Christmas with significance.

Angel charm necklace - little guardian angel, with scallop shell

SKU ATA01184pp
£46.90
In stock
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. . a beautiful gift to pass on wishes of safekeeping

Hand-crafted by specialist silversmiths in Galicia, northern Spain, this sweet little sterling-silver and enamel Guardian Angel charm bears a tiny scallop shell of the Camino de Santiago. The combination of the little Guardian Angel and the Concha de Vieira shell is indicative of both protection and guidance: As a gift to a friend or loved-one, the Angel symbolises a wish to have someone watch over them: The little scallop shell symbolises a journey: PLUS, on the back of this unique and inspiring piece of jewellery, is an engraved Tau Cross of St Francis - the symbol of pilgrims, or people "on a mission" or a journey.

In Spain, some 150,000 people travel to Santiago de Compostela every year from all over the world to find inspiration and/or deeper spiritual understanding. Many carry with them a scallop shell of the Way of St James, a Tau cross, or some other symbol of personal significance like the St James Cross. This necklace (hand-crafted in A Coruña, Galicia, northern Spain) has similar significance.

:)- Gift-Wrapped

:)- Sterling silver chain included

:)- Optional free information card (see photo)

:)- Personal message can be added, free-of-charge

:)- Rapid shipping


Description: The little angel is made of sterling silver (with enamel) and measures 23mm in length including the hanging bail. There is a tiny sterling-silver scallop shell on the front of the angel and the Tau Cross engraved on the back, symbolic of a journey or pilgrimage. It hangs on an 18" sterling silver diamond cut ball chain which sparkles beautifully in the light. A 20" length is also available: Please choose from the Options box when ordering.

Various colours available: Please choose in Options box.

The Way of St. James criss-crosses Western Europe, arriving at Santiago through Northern Spain. It is generally regarded as a journey of the body, mind and spirit. Modern pilgrims choose to do the Camino for personal, spiritual and/or religious reasons - or simply to take time out from their busy, modern lives. For many, the walk is to find inspiration - improving their outlook on life, bringing them into closer contact with nature and expanding their cultural horizons through contact with other pilgrims. Everyone experiences the journey in a different way.

This sweet guardian angel necklace with its tiny scallop shell and Tau cross, really IS a piece of jewellery with meaning, and is the perfect present to wish someone a 'buen camino' / safe journey . Comes gift-wrapped, like all our presents - and we can print a personal message on your behalf.

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