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The Legend of the Christmas Spider

Hi everybody – hope this blog finds you all safe, happy and well.

I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but I’m still busy making spiders for my shop Old Raven on Etsy. Only just as Halloween sales had started early for me this year…now some of my Christmas handmades are flying out the door!

These glittery little beauties are Christmas Spiders. Whaaaat? Maybe some of you haven’t heard the Legend of the Christmas Spider:

(A folk legend from Germany and the Ukraine c1700)

“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.

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.”

Isn’t that a wonderful Christmas story? There are a couple of variations…some feature Santa as the expected visitor. But for centuries now a spider found on the Christmas tree is considered good luck.

With each Christmas Spider purchase I include this festive copy of the legend.

Christmas Spider

These Christmas Spiders make wonderful gifts (and under $20, too). They’re also great stocking stuffers or a special gift for newlyweds celebrating their first Christmas together…it could be their first ‘family’ tradition.

Each spider is handmade by me! They’re painted in snow white enamel and then covered in shimmering opalescent glitter. Each spider comes with an eyehook already firmly attached so it’s ready to find its new home on your Christmas tree – and bring you luck throughout the year.

Which is what I wish for all of you…the best of luck as we traverse through a very risky year, indeed.

That’s all for now, stay well. – Kriss

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