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.

Spanish ceramic lucky Elephant figurine ~ Rafael

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. . with the professed good fortune of the Elephant

Wow, what an awesome gift this would make - a gold-painted Elephant figurine, said to bring good luck! This impressive piece (one of several ceramic figurines in our shop) is a stunning example of Spanish ceramic art. It is made in the northeast of Spain, famous for its Mediterranean seafronts along the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, and of course for its culture and art. (Cataluña, or Catalonia was the birthplace of painter Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudi).

It is said that if you place an Elephant near the door of your home, only good fortune will be allowed in!

This ceramic piece is intricately finished in the Catalan modernism style . . a form of architectural art seen typically around Barcelona's Parc Guell. Each piece is hand-painted in dazzling colours to produce a beautiful and uniquely-crafted figurine that would make a delightful present . . and a unique gift from Spain.

:)- Beautifully Gift-Wrapped

:)- Optional information card (free)

:)- Personal message can be added

:)- Rapid shipping

Description: This proud golden Elephant figurine measures approx 11cms (4.3ins) high by 13.5cms (5.1ins) long by 6.5cms (2.5ins) wide. It would look perfect displayed either in the home or office. The hand-painted, porcelain-like finish is simply stunning in its detail and is an intricate piece of Spanish ceramic art. Because each one is individually painted, each figurine is distinct and so no single one is exactly the same as another (so figures may differ slightly from the photos here).

Read more about Elephant charms and luck here

Elephants are a symbol of wisdom, reasoning, strength and good luck. It is said that an Elephant with its trunk raised should be placed near the front door of a house to attract good fortune into the home. So this golden Elephant figurine would make a truly unique gift for a house warming / new home present, a golden wedding anniversary, a retirement gift, or any gift to pass on wishes of good luck / good fortune: Or even for a person that just loves Elephants! It is bound to attract admiring comments. Please Note: To preserve its fine features, it is best to keep this figurine indoors, or at least under-cover if outside.

A traditional product of Spain and a delightful piece of Spanish ceramic art.

Ships gift-wrapped in a stylish and substantial presentation box. If you wish, we can print a personal message on your behalf on a gift card and include it in the presentation box. We can also ship direct to your friends / loved-ones' address if you want. This is all INCLUDED in the price.

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