"His branches shall spread, and His beauty shall be as the olive tree" (Hosea 14:6)

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Olive Trees are widely known all over the globe for their precious olive oil. Apart from the olive oil that we retrieve from the tree and olive wood is also of great importance. Any Christian will agree to the fact that the olive tree has a great spiritual importance in Christianity. Olive trees grow in many parts of the Holy Land of Bethlehem City. The richness of the textures of the Bethlehem olive wood is simply matchless. Bethlehem olive wood is heavy, dense and very durable. It also has distinctive colour. The olive tree cultivation is native to this Holy Land. The first olive groves that grew here in the Holy Land and along the coast of the eastern Mediterranean date back around 4,000 B.C.

The Olive Tree has both a sentimental and religious significance to Christians. The Holy Bible repetitively refers to the Olive Tree as a sign of peace, fertility, and prosperity. The art of creating astonishing wood products from olive wood was first started in the started in the fourth century AB. During the Byzantine rule in the Holy Land of Bethlehem City this art is said to be born. It is assumed to have started just after the building of the Nativity Church.

The church monks taught local inhabitants of Bethlehem the art of carving olive wood. They helped them to create amazing olive wood nativity set, olive wood cross, candle holders, covers for the Holy Bible, etc.  This incredible wood craft gained became hugely popular all over. It soon became the major source of income for the residents of Bethlehem and its adjoining areas. The people of various other small cities like Beit Sahour and Beit Jala also refined their skill and technique of creating stunning wood statues and other wood products by using symbolic olive wood.

There are many Olive Wood Products that are hugely popular amongst the Christian tourists of the Bethlehem City but the most popular one is the nativity set made out of the symbolic olive wood. Most of the Christians all over the world love to posses one such work of craftsmanship.  The most ideal gift that one can carry back from the Holy Land is the handmade nativity set. It depicts the entire scene of birth of Jesus. On top of the set one can see the Star of Bethlehem. The scene is set in a stable that includes cows, donkeys and lambs along with Mother Mary, Joseph and Magi. All of them are shown paying homage to baby Jesus. 

The handcrafted olive wood nativity set has its own charm. The rich natural dark grains stand out against the lighter colour of the wood. One can arrange all the figures of the nativity set according to their preferences or liking and set up the entire scene to suit their wishes. Apart from carrying a nativity set one can also consider buying the beautifully hand crafted olive wood cross as well. This makes an excellent gifting option for our families and friends.