|Old World Christmas|
While I won’t even try to argue that my Christmas tree is in any way traditional, my choice in Christmas ornaments is probably more traditional that one would imagine.
This spider ornament is from Old World Christmas. My last name is Polish and it means “the child from the land of spiders”. Because of that and because I’m a gardener, I feel I simply must embrace this legend from Germany.
|from TheDustyRaven on Etsy|
The Legend of the Christmas Spider
A folk legend from Germany
On Christmas Eve, a very long time ago, a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year... Christmas day, the day on which the little Christ child would come to bless the house. Not a speck of dust was left. Even the spiders had been banished from their cozy corner on the ceiling to the farthest corners of the attic.
The Christmas tree was beautifully decorated. The poor spiders were frantic, for they could not see the tree, nor be present for the little Christ child's visit. Then the oldest and wisest spider suggested that perhaps they could wait until everyone went to bed and then get a closer look.
When the house was dark and silent, the spiders crept out of their hiding place. As they neared the Christmas tree, they were delighted by its beauty. The spiders crept all over the tree, up and down, over the branches and twigs and saw every single one of the pretty things. They, too, were in complete wonder of its beauty.
The spiders so loved the Christmas tree that all night long they danced in the branches, leaving them covered with spider webs. In the morning, when the little Christ child came to bless the house, he was disheartened. He loved the little spiders for they were God's creatures, but he knew how hard the mother had worked to make sure that everything was perfect. He knew that she would not be pleased when she saw what the spiders had done.
With love in his heart and a smile on his face, the little Christ child reached out and gently touched the spider webs. Each started to sparkle and shine as they transformed into sparkling, shimmering silver and gold.
According to legend, ever since this happened, people have hung tinsel on their Christmas trees. It has also become a custom to include a spider among the decorations.
Have you put up your tree? Are there any spider ornaments on it?
Some of my favorite Christmas Spiders can be found on Etsy including these delicate spiders created from old transparent Christmas light bulbs and wire from thedustyraven. I love repurposed items. I also found these Jingly-Jangly Spider Ornaments made from metallic-colored jingle bells from Terry’s Village.
And of course for the craftier types, here are instructions to make your very own Christmas spiders.
What interesting holiday legends or traditions do you embrace?