Religious Christmas gifts . . small inspirational gifts with meaning to pass on your best wishes at Xmas
. . a glass of wine with friends, time with the family, and a feeling of spiritual renewal and inspiration at the end of a long year: Time to relax and feel the spirit of Christmas. Yes, this is the festival of Navidad (Christmas in Spain where we have a base, although our business is international) – a time that is bright with decorations and goodwill, a religious time with images of Papa Noel (Father Christmas) and the baby Jesus, and a time when presents are left gift-wrapped around the base of the Christmas tree.
In Spain, the Christmas season begins on the 8th of December with the feast of the Immaculate Conception. In Andalucía, it is very much a religious fiesta celebrated in front of the great Gothic cathedral in Seville and with a ceremony and dance called ‘los Seises’.
On Christmas Eve (in Spanish: Nochebuena) 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 or more likely a music player these days 😉
Many homes (like the local Town Halls or Ayuntamientos and main shopping centres) have a manger or belén, as do the cathedrals and churches. These are complete with beautifully crafted scenes of Bethlehem . . the stable with its animals and handmade figures representing baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the Three Kings.
Spanish children think of the Three Kings (los Reyes Magos) as the gift bearers. Tradition has it that they arrive on January 6th, the date the Wise Men gave gifts to baby Jesus (and the start of the feast of Epiphany). Shoes are filled with straw or barley for the tired camels/horses/donkeys that must carry their riders through the night – although, nowadays, it is common for sweets / chocolates / bon bons / caramelos, etc, to be added for the children by their parents during the night so that, by morning, the food is gone and in place of the straw and barley are sweets and presents.
So, a very Happy Christmas from Good-Luck-Gifts here in Andalusia deep in southern Spain. We have a vast range of gifts (religious and otherwise) that are ideal to be sent as Christmas presents to inspire you friends or relatives (we ship all over the world and you can buy online). Bring some inspirational cheer to your friends this Christmas with some of our truly inspirational presents (including, of course, many Christian gifts and typically Spanish things)
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