Gemma Collins has described feeling “blown away” when she visited Bethlehem to see where Jesus Christ is said to have been born.
The former TOWIE star, 41, took to Instagram on New Year’s Day to share a photo of her touching the special place where Jesus supposedly lay.
Alongside the photo, Gemma gushed, “BETHLEHEM, I can’t believe I was so incredibly lucky to have been there where baby Jesus was born and touched the spot.
Special moment: Gemma Collins has described feeling ‘blown away’ when she visited Bethlehem to see where Jesus Christ is said to have been born
“I am completely blown away and look forward to my spiritual journeys in 2023.
“The feeling of this was like nothing I’ve ever felt before. I can’t even describe what I felt at that moment when I was totally blown away’.
Gemma is currently enjoying a New Year’s holiday in Israel with her fiancé Rami Hawash, who is from the country and whose family lives there.
Last year she also spent New Year’s there and then said, “He wants to take me to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. He is from Israel and I have always wanted to go.
Grateful: Alongside the photo, Gemma gushed, “BETHLEHEM, I can’t believe I was so incredibly lucky to have been where baby Jesus was born and touched the spot”
“Madonna has been there, so many people have been there. I also have a lot of Jewish friends and everyone always tells me how great it is.
‘It’s going to be really nice. Now that I’m getting older, I like to be a bit of a tourist. I would like to see Bethlehem. I’m really looking forward to it, so that’s my Christmas present.’
It comes after Gemma enjoyed a very lavish Christmas Day, complete with a meal prepared by a personal chef on Instagram, after saying she didn’t want any gifts this year.
The former TOWIE star revealed that she would rather the money go to those who are struggling rather than receive gifts amid the cost of living crisis.
‘Thank you for the best dinner’: It comes after Gemma enjoyed a very lavish Christmas Day complete with a meal prepared by a personal chef on Instagram after saying she didn’t want any gifts this year
The beauty dressed to impress for the festive day in a gorgeous gold wrap dress as she posed with Rami and chef Vlad Djukanov.
The star gushed that she had the “best dinner” prepared by Vlad as she shared some snaps of their food.
While Gemma insisted she wouldn’t buy any gifts this year because the money could be better spent, she didn’t miss herself after receiving gifts from Valentino.
The Diva Forever star was personally sent a dazzling pink handbag by the brand, signing the card, “From your friends at Valentino.”
‘I don’t want anything’: The former TOWIE star revealed she would rather the money go to those who are struggling rather than receive gifts amid the cost of living crisis
Festive feeling: The beauty dressed to impress for the festive day in a gorgeous gold wrap dress as she posed with her fiancé Rami Hawash
In another photo, Gemma viewed the picture of happiness next to her soon-to-be husband – who was dressed as Santa Claus – in front of the tree, while his son Tristan was also seen in the picture.
In her celebratory snap, Gemma was as glamorous as ever in the sparkly minidress, with the TV star adding a bold red lip while her blonde locks were styled in voluminous waves.
Her living room was certainly festively ready, with a beautiful fir tree, snacks on the table, and presents under the tree — though it’s doubtful hers would be if her recent comments pass.
Wow! While Gemma insisted she wouldn’t buy gifts this year because the money could be better spent, she didn’t miss herself after receiving gifts from Valentino.
Dazzling: Gemma was sent a sparkling pink bag by the brand
Amid her recent claims that she is cutting back on the festivities this year, Gemma said she doesn’t want any gifts this year as she is “doing her part” amid the difficult current climate.
She told The Sun: ‘When I watch the news and see people losing their homes, this is serious. I’m really trying to do my part this year. I guess that’s why Christmas gets so special because we’re all against it and f**k presents, no offense.
“You could give me a diamond-encrusted Rolex, it wouldn’t mean a thing to me, I’d rather you take that money and go warm some old chicks or plant trees and give it back to the planet.
Drunk! Gemma showed off her Christmas table, complete with a bucket of booze
‘Best chef ever’: The star gushed that she had the ‘best dinner’ prepared by Vlad as she shared some snaps of their food
No need: It comes after Gemma insisted she doesn’t ‘need or want’ a gift and asked those closest to ‘not buy me anything’
“I don’t want anything, my cup is full, there’s nothing I need, there’s nothing I want, I feel completely fulfilled in life.”
Gemma continued that if she wanted anything it would be her own greenhouse so she could grow her own produce.
The TV personality added that her attitude has changed since moving to the countryside, noting that while she used to covet diamonds, they now mean “jack s**t” to her.
Instead, Gemma will spend “a real family Christmas” with her loved ones, where she will reflect on how “happy” they all are.
Ho Ho Ho! Rami got into the festive mood when he donned a Santa Claus costume that day