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Friday, December 24, 2010

Legend of the Christmas Spider

I received the most UNUSUAL and AMAZING ornament 
in the mail the other day. 
It was from another participant in 
The Great Holiday Ornament Exchange.

I tried taking photos with several backgrounds and NOTHING
does it justice. 
It really is very very pretty.
You'll have to take my word for it!

Yep, a spider. 
I saved its story until Christmas Eve on purpose.

The Legend of the Christmas Spider
(A folk legend from Germany and the Ukraine)

Once upon a time, long ago
a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house
for the most wonderful day of the year...
the day on which the Christ child came to bless the house.
Not a speck of dust was left.
Even the spiders had been banished from their cozy corner
in the ceiling to avoid the housewife's busy cleaning.
They finally fled to the farthest corner of the attic.

Twas the Christmas Eve at last!!
The tree was decorated and waiting for the children to see it.
But the poor spiders were frantic,
for they could not see the tree,
nor be present for the Christ child's visit.
But the oldest and wisest spider suggested
that perhaps they could peep through the crack
in the door to see Him.
Silently they crept out of their attic,
down the stairs,
and across the floor to wait in the crack
in the threshold.

the door opened a wee bit 
and quickly the spiders scurried into the room.
They must see the tree closely, 
since their eyes weren't accustomed to the brightness
of the room...
so they crept all over the tree,
up and down,
over every branch and twig,
and saw every one of the pretty things.
At last they satisfied themselves completely
of the Christmas tree beauty.

But Alas!!
Everywhere they went they had left their webs,
and when the little Christ child came to bless the house
he was dismayed.
He loved the little spiders,
for they were God's Creatures too,
but he knew the mother,
who had trimmed the tree for the little children,
wouldn't feel the same;
so He touched the webs and they all turned to 
sparkling, shimmering, silver and gold!

Ever since that time,
we have hung tinsel on our Christmas trees,
and according to the legend,
it has been the custom to include a spider 
among the decorations on the tree.

Isn't that an amazing story?
I am so happy that Beth from The Bea's Knees
decided to join in our exchange.
She doesn't blog,
but please take a moment to visit her store
where she has Bea-Utiful Custom crafts!


Pat said...

Beautiful creation xx

Melissa said...

What a beautiful story and I for one love spiders! Merry Christmas!!

Behind My Picket Fence said...

What a fun story and spider webs would be pretty on a tree!

Pokey said...

So sweet. My class has made a little golden spider from jingle bells and pipe cleaners, and then I printed the Spider legend out for them to give. Many Christmas Blessings to you and your family, Tonya! :-}pokey

Tolduso said... this story..thanks for sharing...I am not a spider will look at them differntly for a couple days...:))

Merry Christmas to you...