Ever Seen a Spider Ornament on a Christmas Tree? Here’s What That Means

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Spiders are typically seen in Halloween decor, so a glimmering spider ornament on a Christmas tree might seem a little out of place. But there’s an interesting story behind those eye-catching decorations.

According to Spiderwisdom.com, the legend of the Christmas spider is a folk tale originating in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. The story goes that a poor widow and her children lived in a barren hut. When a pinecone fell to the dirt floor and began to sprout, the children were excited because it meant they could have a Christmas tree, so the children cared for the little sapling all year long. However, they had no money for ornaments to decorate it, so they went to bed sad on Christmas Eve. In the morning, the tree was covered in spider webs. When the rays of sun hit the webs, they turned into silver and gold, and the family was never poor again.

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In some variations of the tale, the webs are magically changed into silver and gold by either Santa or the baby Jesus. Either way, it’s likely that the Christmas spider legend is the origin of the tradition of decorating trees with tinsel.

Today, Ukrainians still decorate their Christmas trees with a Spider ornament. Because of this legend, finding a spider web in your Christmas tree is considered good luck. If you want to join the tradition by adding a lovely spider ornament to your tree, you can find one here.

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