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The Pure Beauty of Olive Wood

Celebrate the season with Christian ornaments, Christmas nativity sets, and decorations. 

While often connected with the faith and representation of olive branches, oils, and other biblical references, one must also consider the austere aesthetic sheen, strength, and fine-grained texture of this highly sought-after wood. 

With its average lifespan between 300 and 600 years old, these trees are resilient and thrive in the Middle East, where it is purported that the oldest one known is close to 2000 years old and still bears olive fruit.

Now you can bring the quality of this artisanal media into your home while expressing your faith at the same time. Showcase your devotion with a wooden crucifix or choose from various wooden Christmas ornaments or a truly eye-catching olive wood nativity scene.

The Nativity set.

Whether you call it a manger, stable, creche, cave, or cradle, the Nativity scene is a long-standing collector's joy. Now you can add pieces to your home with a nativity set exclusively hand-carved by the crafters at Jerusalem House of Exports. 

Starting with the holy family trio, Joseph, his bride Mary and the infant Jesus, there are other figurines associated with the celebration of the heralded birth and arrival of the son of God on Earth. The gospel of Luke 

confirms this as such with the following:

"And this will be a sign for you:

you will find an infant

wrapped in swaddling clothes

and lying in a manger." (Luke 2,12)

The shepherds who were among the first to tend bare witness of the Holy babe would have been accompanied by their flocks of sheep, while indigenous livestock would also have been depicted. Children will delight in the miniatures of wooden nativity set pieces of lambs, oxen, and even the mighty ship of the desert, the camels that provided the Wisemen and their gifts to the child the passage to the holy nursery. 

"And on the third day after the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, Mary went out of the cave, and, entering a stable, placed the child in a manger, and an ox and an ass adored him. Then was fulfilled that which was said by the prophet Isaiah, "The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master's crib." Therefore, the animals, the ox, and the ass, with him in their midst, incessantly adored him. Then was fulfilled that which was said by Habakkuk the prophet, saying, "Between two animals you are made manifest.[1]]

The glory of angels, the symmetry of a tall swaying desert date, and the palm tree, all lovingly brought to life with nuanced carved folds of linen robes, adoring faces, demure in prayerful repose, etched into life in olivewood. Now found in nativity sets for sale at Jerusalem Exports. 

Wooden ornaments.

Another treasured shoppers favorite is a wide array of wooden ornaments available to you at any time of the year. Home decorators, DIY crafters, and those searching for the perfect trinket for birthdays, anniversaries, thank you gifts, or just a simple "thinking of you" present can now invest in the lifelong value of wood ornaments. Consider a wooden cross necklace, a bundle basket of 3-dimensional die-cut wood ornaments, wood crosses, or Jerusalem crosses in various pendants, metals, or mother of pearl, all complement the olive wood selections of what will indeed become family and generational pieces in your family.

The wooden crucifix.

Reverently honored at the highest of holy days celebrations, particularly Christmas and Easter, the wooden crucifix symbolizes the true conviction of Christ's devotion and his eventual sacrifice of all time to save us from our sins. It was as simplistic as it was, even though he was put to death by those who feared his true calling. Befitting that of a King, the carpenter son of a carpenter father while on earth, it is fitting that his ending was on that of a wood cross, roughly hewn and ruggedly anchored. 

From tabletop to armoire. 

Other than crosses for sale, another favored item enjoyed for years by people from every walk of life is an olive wood bowl or root bowl. Because the inner striated pattern of each tree is different, there are no two bowls alike. However, even slight differences in the cut grain or color can be compressed into one olive wood bowl or olive fork and spoon serving pieces. A root bowl is an artisan's delight as some of the most beautiful olive wood bowls are formed naturally inside a burl.

Olive wood bowls don't need to be matched with an olive fork or serving spoon to be a well-loved addition to your kitchen either. Smaller-sized ones can hold anointing oil and incense herbs and be used for more traditional biblical rituals if you choose. For example, an herbalist will love to use a bowl or two to mix and grind dried herbs with a smooth pestle, just as much as a bread baker can fashion one into a grain mixing bowl for dough. Perfect for keeping jewelry, rosary beads, or even performing a duty similar to a silent butler to keep car keys in one place, olive wood bowls truly do fit into any decor. The possibilities are endless.

This holiday season, enjoy the gift of a complete collection of wooden Christmas decorations, wood ornaments, demure, simple wood necklaces, or large wooden cross table toppers while you gather with friends and family. Let Jerusalem Export House provide you with the perfect backdrop of a nativity set while you share the word of God through the words of Luke. 

Reaffirm your love and faith and put aside time to remember the true spirit of why we celebrate and give praise for all who still see the brightest of lights that began its journey as that of the highest angelic guides.

  [1]  Habakkuk 3:2



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