#534 Bethlehem Olive Tree

Acquired 2008

The beautiful olivewood piece comes from the type of olivewood that grew in Gethsemane around Jerusalem where Jesus walked. Every two years the olive trees are pruned so that they will bear good fruit. These beautiful pieces are made from the prunings of the olive trees by Christian craftsmen living in the area. Called ‘Lil Bambino', this piece was given to me by dear friends, Violet Radcliff, and her sister Koula. Vi and Koula were sisters to my mom's friend, Anna Boudrookas, and I am always honored when they choose to come and visit my Open House. They purchased this olivewood piece at this year's Greek Food Festival in September 2008.