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Christmas Tree Ornaments Galore

Find a nativity that fits your tree

If you asked Rami Giacaman about Christmas ornaments, he can count somewhere between 100-150 types that his family has been producing at Salem Giacaman and Sons for nearly 80 years now.

About 50 are current – available on shelves, in baskets and boxes – in the store on Manger Square in Bethlehem, sitting near the Church of the Nativity, the basilica where Christianity celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

“Each year we come up with two or three new designs,” he says. “But, the old designs are the best.”

The old designs show the nativity of Jesus. That is why, after all, pilgrims and tourists visit Bethlehem. And why, even those who do not visit want to keep a piece of that story on their Christmas trees and give others gifts depicting the holy scene in olive wood.

Generations back, the medium was mother of pearl carvings, but, in the 1970s, olive wood became a more popular item.

So if you are looking for a stocking stuffer, an ornament starter-set for newlyweds, or a solo ornament for a Secret Santa party in your dormitory or in your office, you do not need to look further.

Giacaman will tell you that these ornaments are most popular:

House Nativity ornament with pointed roof and animals
House Nativity ornament with pointed roof


Bell Nativity ornament
Bell Nativity


Star nativity with angels
Star nativity with angels


Bark nativity with palm tree ornament
Bark nativity with palm tree and star


But there is no need to stop looking there.

Take your time and browse. You may find just what you need.