So, I have a couple times in past blog posts mentioned that Halloween and Christmas are really great friends. Even though they seem to be completely at odds on the outside. When you look at the two of them on the inside however, you see that they have found themselves intertwined with each other in many ways. Along with the decorating, I think the greatest thing about them both is that they bring a magical, fun and excitement to children and adults as well.
Well here is another fun crossover between the two of them. When I think of spiders, I think of Halloween. In fact, you can’t decorate for Halloween without having spiders somewhere in the mix.
That is exactly what my thoughts were when I started making my spider web ornaments.
I created them to be used for either your Halloween tree or Christmas tree, but was mostly focused on Halloween. I mean, how cool would it be to find spiders hanging from your tree? I thought it sounded like a very cool and creepy idea, until, that is, when my nephew reminded me of a very famous and popular legend that originated over in the Ukraine, Germany area many, many years ago and it is still celebrated today by many people who may not even know it. It is the story of the spider and the Christmas tree. I have found many variations of this legend, but I will share just one of them with you.
The Legend of the Christmas Spiders
Once upon a time there lived a very poor but hardworking widow. She with her two loving children lived in a very small earthen floored hut. One beautiful day a pine cone fell onto the floor of the hut and one of the seeds took root.
The children convinced their mother to not pluck the small tree from the floor, but allow it to grow so that it might become a beautiful Christmas tree for them. The tree grew and the children were so excited for the day when they could finally be able to decorate it for Christmas.
They had no money for decorations and so they cut out paper designs and added beautiful red berries they had picked from the forest. It was a very simple tree and did not look like much, but to the children it was the perfect invitation for Father Christmas to pay them a visit on Christmas morning.
On Christmas Eve, as the children decorated the tree, their mother started cleaning the hut from top to bottom, sweeping the cobwebs from the corners and making their small home as inviting as possible. This was not a pleasant time for the spiders however, as they had been anxiously waiting to see how beautiful the tree would turn out, but with mothers cleaning, it caused them to scurry and hide from site.
That night after the children had fallen fast asleep, the spiders crept back into the room and were amazed at how beautiful the children had made the tree. They scurried across the floor and up the trunk of the tree. They went from limb to limb enjoying each of the decorations and in their excitement they left a string of spider webs behind.
Late that night, Father Christmas visited the small hut and noticed the simple tree completely covered in gray spider webs. He knew that the poor widow would not be pleased seeing spider webs everywhere, but he didn’t have the heart to take down the spiders beautiful addition to the children’s decorations either. So after thinking for a moment he came up with the perfect gift to leave for this wonderful family.
In the morning, the children ran into the room and seeing the beautiful spider webs, yelled for their mother to come see. The widow opened the shudders to get a better look and as the first morning rays of sunshine touched the webs, they instantly turned into glistening strands of silver and gold. The widow and her children were overjoyed, and they never lived in poverty again.
To this day, in many parts of the world, it is considered good luck to find a spider in your Christmas tree. It is said that this story is what started the tradition of adding tinsel to your tree and over in Eastern Europe it is very common for folks to decorate their tree with at least one spider ornament prominently displayed on their tree.
I thought I was being so clever to make a spider decoration to sneak Halloween into the Christmas decorating, only to find that I was just adding to a very wonderful and fun legend that instead of being creepy ended up being a wonderful addition to your holiday decorating.
You can find the spider ornaments in the store, and however you would like to use them, I hope they add a wonderful look to your decorating setting.