I love making these Christmas spiders, it really means we’re getting to that time of year again. I adore their chubbiness and because they’re made using Swarovski Crystalized Elements, they really sparkle when they catch the fairy lights when they’re hanging on the Christmas tree. I also have one that I made into a pendant. I make them up with a little scroll of the Legend of the Christmas Spider.
In case you don’t already know the Legend of the Christmas Spider, it is an old German folk tale. Here it is:
The Legend of the Christmas Spider
On Christmas Eve, a 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 came to bless the house. Not a speck of dust was left. Even the spiders had been banished from their cosy corner on the ceiling – they had fled to the farthest corner of the attic.
The Christmas Tree was beautifully decorated. The poor spiders were frantic, for they could not see the tree nor the 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, then take a closer look.
When the house was dark and silent the spiders crept out of their hiding place. When they neared the Christmas Tree they were delighted by the beauty of it. The spiders crept all over the tree, up and down, over the branches and twigs and saw every one of the pretty things.
The spiders loved the Christmas tree. 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 dismayed. He loved the little spiders for they were God’s creatures but he knew the mother, who had worked so hard to make everything perfect, would not be please when she saw what the spiders had done.
With love in his heart and a smile on his lips, the little Christ child reached over and gently touched the spider webs. The spider webs started to sparkle and shine! They had all turned 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 custom to hang a spider among the decorations on the Christmas Tree.
I love this little tale and these spiders so much, I think they’ll be the first addition to my new Folksy shop.
Thanks for looking.