Music Box Olive Wood Nativity
This olive wood nativity playing “Silent Night” was carved near Bethlehem, where angels heralded Jesus’ birth. Raja Bannoura and his family hand-carve nativities from pruned olive branches. Since Raja started the workshop in 1974, olive wood nativities, ornaments and carvings have provided hope and harmony as neighbors have worked together creating beautifully carved figures in a community unsettled by civil violence.
The music box is hidden in the roof of the stable. Wind the star to hear the melody.
Fair Trade and Handmade in West Bank
Raja Bannoura Workshop, based in Beit Sahour, a village on the east side of Bethlehem, produces hand–carved olive wood products. Bannoura coordinates orders for many olive wood carvers and workshops in Beit Sahour.