Angels for the Holiday
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

With the holiday season fast approaching, now's the time to start planning holiday jewelry lines, organize your Christmas list and come up with creative ways to celebrate the season. Why not bring Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' "Angels are Forever" theme into jewelry, gifts and décor this season?

Angels are synonymous with Christmastime and fill the season with festivity. These heavenly beings can be spotted in store windows, perched on Christmas treetops, floating on Christmas tree limbs and included in outdoor lawn decorations. And no holiday season is complete without a rendition of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," or "Angels We Have Heard on High." Here are ideas for bringing this touching symbol of love, peace and protection to customers and loved ones during this special time of year.

Angel Ornaments and Holiday Décor

The first angel decorations were handmade, such as angel-shaped cookies or angel ornaments fashioned out of natural materials such as straw. Angel ornaments have remained popular throughout the years, being mass-produced for large department stores and seen in the famous Christmas movie "It's a Wonderful Life," when a bell rings to signify that a real angel has earned its wings.

Celebrate a return to this traditional handcrafted art by creating your own angel ornaments for holiday bazaar sales, home décor and gifts. These angelic designs make beautiful present toppers, Christmas tree ornaments and special stocking stuffers for young and old. An angel ornament is a classy host/hostess gift and a thoughtful way of wishing co-workers, teachers, neighbors and friends a happy holiday.

Bring these heavenly figures to life with jewelry-making supplies and components. Wings can be created symbolizing immortality, virtue, peace, love and innocence, with filigree drops and wing beads. Gemstone and pearl drops can be used for the body and particular stones (such as birthstones or favorite gemstones) can be incorporated to personalize the gift for the recipient. Top it off with a halo, representing a ring of light, using bead caps or wire. Shop from a wide selection of angel charms and drops and simply add an ornament hook or wire to make an ornament or use to embellish an existing ornament.
Angels for the Holiday

Add the festive glow of angels into holiday décor with an "angel tree," filling a Christmas tree with these joyful beings and tinsel. Float angel ornaments made from glass, ceramic, wood, paper, porcelain, beads or fabric from the branches. According to past legend, Christmas trees were wrapped in streamers and children were told that angels had decorated the tree and the streamers were pieces of angel hair caught in the branches. These streamers, now known as shiny tinsel, can be used to drape over the branches, representing angel hair. An angel is also a common symbol used on the top of a Christmas tree, representing the angels who appeared to announce the birth of Jesus Christ on the first Christmas. Angels are also believed to keep away evil spirits and add instant holiday cheer to any home.

Angel Jewelry and More

Angels for the Holiday Known as "messengers," angels spread love and joy to family and friends, and special people in our lives such as neighbors, teachers, babysitters, hairdressers and more. Let them know how much you appreciate them with angel jewelry that will be cherished all year long.

Browse through hundreds of innovative angel design ideas and find FREE angel jewelry projects to create your own special jewelry for gifts, beading classes or resale using angel charms, wing beads, Crystal Passions crystal, Crystal Passions pearls, cultured freshwater pearl drops, bead caps, rondelles and more. There's something for everyone on your Christmas list. Angel designs can include earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pins--even bookmarks, key chains and cell phone/purse lanyards.

Make an extra special gift by adding an angel charm to a charm bracelet. The recipient can continue to fill the bracelet with charms throughout the year. Give the gift of a guardian angel by attaching an angel charm to chain for a spectacular pendant necklace and sweet sentiment. Attach an angel pin to a personalized paper card or use as a present topper for a heartfelt holiday message that can be worn all year long.

Entertain holiday guests and visiting family with an angel jewelry project. People will love making their own special angel jewelry and the quality time spent together doing it. Angel jewelry designs can be personalized by using birthstone beads, favorite gemstones, alphabet charms and more. Simply convert your dining room table into a beading area, play Christmas music, make hot cider and enjoy.
Angels for the Holiday

Want to deliver a holiday message through email? Surprise someone special with an angel-themed Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' gift certificate. This thoughtful and unexpected gesture is sure to brighten their holiday and New Year.

For holiday sales, make a festive presentation by displaying angel ornaments or earrings on a miniature/tabletop Christmas tree and wrap them up for gifting with a wide selection of festive presentation boxes and ribbon.

Heaven's the limit when creating angel ornaments, jewelry and more for heartfelt holiday messages.

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