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St Christopher pendants & charms: For the traveler

Updated on July 21, 2015

St Christopher: The Patron Saint of travelers.

For as long as I can remember (which is a long time), my dad has worn a gold St Christopher on a chain around his neck. Almost fifty years ago (gulp, I'm old) he gave one to each of his three kids. We have them still.

Actors & racing drivers - the most superstitious people

That's always been my experience anyway. Those who act, and those who race cars are the most superstitious people I've ever met. And my dad was the latter. We're not a Catholic family, so we're all a little hazy when it comes to the lives of all the saints, but we all know that St Christopher is regarded as the patron saint of travelers.

We had to wear them at all times

My dad insisted that our St Christophers - we wore them on gold chains around our necks - had to be worn at all times. I can't really remember anything else that he was so adamant about. We were at strict schools that didn't allow any jewelry to be worn at all, ever, under any circumstances. But my dad wrote to the head-teachers of our schools. I don't know what he said in his letters but we were the only kids allowed to wear jewelry at school. During gym or games lessons, we had to pin them to the insides of our gym shirts so that no-one else would see them if they fell out during head-stands or other upside-down activities.

Simple and stylish

The St Christophers we have are identical to the one you see above. They are simple in design, but look so good. They can be worn around the neck - as we did - or added to charm bracelets (that's how my mum wore hers for many, many years. Note that a proportion of your payment for this piece of jewelry will be donated to the Pink Ship in aid of breast cancer research. Read more here.

The man with nine lives

That's what they call my dad. Actually, he has more. During his racing career, he faced just about every danger you can imagine - armed mercenaries in Somalia, boy soldiers in the Congo, arrest by border soldiers and a bandit attack in Ethiopia, wild animals in many African countries not to mention getting lost in the Sahara on many occasions and numerous racing and rallying accidents. As I write, he is in his ninetieth year and still going strong.

Is this thanks to St Christopher?

Learn more about the saint

How much do you know about St Christopher and his legend? Although I've worn the jewellery for most of my life,I didn't really know very much until I researched the subject.

The video below will give you a good overview.

These are incredibly lovely too.DoI believe that St Christopher keeps travellers safe? I've always believed in being on the safe side and if a fabulous piece of jewellery can keep me from harm as well as looking stunning then that's fine by me.

The family

This shows us on one of of our many travels. My dad took us to Morocco for three weeks. We drove from Yorkshire to Dover and crossed the Channel by ship. We then drove (well, my dad did) from Calais through France and Spain to Algeciras where we traveled on another ship to Tangier. We spent the next three weeks traveling though Morocco (we stayed in a different place every night) and yes, the five of us lived for three weeks in that tiny camper van!


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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Heidi Vincent: It was wonderful. Thanks for visiting!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      That was a great way to spend a family vacation. Nice story around St. Christopher's medal, britflorida.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @GwenLawrence: Thank you!

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      5 years ago

      Great Family and nice story

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Nightcat: Thank you for your lovely comments. I'm so pleased that others know about and appreciate this saint too. I am convinced that he kept my dad safe.

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      5 years ago

      What an amazing family you have, and yes, I'd say it was from St. Christopher! Loved this and it brings back wonderful memories as he was one of my dad's favored saints too.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MaggiePowell: Good to know that we're not the only ones :)

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      5 years ago

      My Opa firmly believed in St Christopher... and I have a few tucked away

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Diana Wenzel: Let's hope they continue :)

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      That's a great family pic. Glad those medals have been working so well for so many years.


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