This year, add a distinctive touch to your Christmas season and help to support local Christians in the Holy Land with handcrafted olivewood carvings from Bethlehem. These Nativity Sets are crafted by Christian artisans from clippings of olive trees, pruned annually as a renewable resource for local families’ survival. Being hand-made, each set has a distinct character all its own.
For many centuries, Christians in the Holy Land have relied on this indigenous art form and its trade for their livelihood. Many artists have suffered the loss of their shops and businesses due to the current political, economic, and social pressures of living under occupation; and your purchase will help them to support their families through these hardships.
By paying $35 each month, you will gradually build up your nativity set over the year and each month you will receive an individually carved figure of the nativity set, culminating with the figure of Jesus in December. Peace by Piece Tours will make sure every dollar counts. $300 of the total cost will go directly to the Artist and their family; this is twice the typical income they may receive from local tourist sales but at no additional cost to you. The remaining $120 will be used by Peace by Piece Tours to help fund projects in the Bethlehem community, including planting and harvesting olive trees and educational scholarships to under-privileged children.
In purchasing one of our nativity sets you will possess a unique reminder of the Christmas story that will remain in your family for generations. At the same time you will help preserve the ancient tradition of olive wood carving and support the communities that make them for generations to come.