I thought some of you might enjoy this little story.
“The Legend of the Christmas Spider and How Tinsel Came To Be”
Once upon a time, there was a poor widow living in her tiny home with her young children.
One day, the children discovered a cast-off tree and pulled it into their home for the holidays.
The kids were so excited to have their very own Christmas tree, and were so upset when their mother explained that they could barely afford food for dinner for the evening, much less decorations for the tree.
The children understood, so they wiped away their tears as they climbed into bed that Christmas Eve.
The tree stood bare in the corner, and the widow shook her head sadly as she herself turned in for the night.
But household’s spiders had seen the sadness of the children and their mother, so they climbed all over the tree that night, leaving intricate webs.
Early that Christmas morning, the children called out to the widow, “Mother, mother! Come and see what has happened to the tree!
It is beautiful!”
Their mother rushed in to find that during the night while they slept, spiders had spun magical glittery trails of spider webs all across the tree’s branches.
As the family stood in wonder staring at the beauty before them, they realized that they had everything they truly needed.
They had each other, and that was more than enough!
As their prayers of gratitude for their blessings reached God’s ears, he reached down and touched their tree, turning the webs into magical strands of gold and silver.
From that day forward, it became a tradition for many families to add tinsel to their trees as a way to show their gratitude to God for the many gifts he has bestowed upon them!
I hope you enjoyed this story.
Can’t take credit for the tree. The tree is not mine. It’s an old fashioned Christmas circa 1950s.
Each strand of tinsel placed one at a time with love and excitement.
While Ricotta cookies are baking!
Italian Ricotta cookies