Christmas gifts from Bethlehem Israel

By Alona

Updated January 2, 2023.

Christmas tree ornaments Bethlehem artisan

Bring the Bible to life through Olive Wood carvings and art and nativity scenes

This year, crowds of pilgrims from all over the world are set to gather in Manger Square in Bethlehem, the city where Jesus was born, to celebrate Christmas. If you aren't able to travel to the Holy Land and visit the birthplace of Jesus this year, Artza's Christmas Blessing Box is a way to feel connected and experience this Christmas experience with unique art and gifts from the Holy Land, made by the locals of Bethlehem.

Bethlehem played a significant role in the life of Jesus and served as host to the Nativity when Mary and Joseph left their home in Nazareth and travelled to Bethlehem, Joseph's ancestral hometown. When they arrived, there were no rooms available, and the only place they could stay was in a barn. Here Mary gave birth to baby Jesus. They were visited by shepherds from the surrounding fields and three wise men from the East who came to see the birth.

Artza this Christmas has partnered up with two small family businesses based in Bethlehem. Through their creativity and handcraftsmanship, they have the unique and special ability to create nativity art from an olive tree that is over 150 years old. There is more to olive trees than beauty; it has a history of religious significance in the Bible. Proverbs refers to the olive and its reputed power as the “tree of life to them that grasp it, and to them that would uphold it, everyone is rendered happy.”

With our Christmas Blessing Box, bring the Bible to life through olive wood, with the designs combining stories from the Bible and fusing it to make a beautiful art scene from the Old Testament. Olive wood art is a unique and artistic way to integrate faith and art into your home this Christmas period.

Gifts such as these are treasured as the olive tree is considered an immortal tree, and the wood from which it is derived dates back to the time of Jesus Christ. Bringing the places, we read about in the Bible to life. Among this year's Christmas Blessing Box items are; hand-carved olive-wood Christmas ornaments by a master craftsman in Bethlehem, award-winning chocolates and toffees, authentic Israeli recipes, and never-before-seen holiday postcards.

If you are looking for a gift that provides a tangible connection to faith, the Bible, and the Holy Land, Artza's Subscription Box is the perfect gift to break geographical boundaries and connection.

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