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Christmas Spiders – An Old Legend

Happy Hump Day – we’re half way through the week !  I’ve been hard at work in my craft room but not on the Antique Toy Ship I had talked about earlier.  It may surprise you to learn this time of year is when I have to be ready to make spiders at a moments notice.

Spiders – in December?  Yep.  These are my Christmas Spiders.

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A few years back I ran across a charming story regarding Christmas and spiders:  The Legend of the Christmas Spiders.  It’s a folk legend from the Germany Ukraine regions.  It goes like this:

“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.
T’was 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. Suddenly, 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.

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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 a custom to include a spider among the decorations on the tree.”

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Isn’t that a lovely story?  And of course, me being a spider making diva, well, I just had to try my hand at making a “Christmas Spider”.  They came out great and I listed my first batch in my shop. I include a decorative copy of of the Legend, and they’ve become a popular item as they make especially good (and inexpensive) stocking stuffers or gifts for neighbors, family, co-workers and friends.

FYI – there’s also a more modern “Santa” version of the story, too.

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A couple of days ago I had a run on Christmas Spiders in the shop so I’ve spent the last couple of days replenishing my stock.  Ten more spiders are ready to go home to someone’s Christmas Tree.

These snow white spiders are thickly covered in sparkling glitter (unfortunately nearly impossible to catch with a camera).

Here’s the link to the listing in my shop Old Raven on Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/256853009/realistic-christmas-spider-snow-white?ref=shop_home_active_10&sca=1

Thanks for dropping in. – Kriss

 

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