Jingle Bell Christmas Spider

Hi,  I would like to talk about a great new way to use the traditional jingle bell in the Christmas Time.  Tiziana has made another great Christmas Spider using an actual metal jingle bell, together with a great Cloisonné bead make this great spider.

Why a Christmas Spider? Well, according to legend:

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, not a speck of dust was left. Even the spiders had been banished from their cozy 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 be present for Santa’s impending visit. Then the oldest and wisest spider suggested that perhaps they could wait until everyone went to bed and then get 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 with 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. When Santa Claus came with the gifts for the children, he saw the tree covered in spider webs, and smiled to see how happy the spiders were, but he knew the mother, who had worked so hard to make everything perfect, would not be pleased when she saw what the spiders had done.

With love in his heart and a smile on his lips, Santa reached out and gently touched the spider webs. The spider webs started to sparkle and shine! They had all turned into sparkling, shimmering silver and gold.

Ever since this happened, people have hung tinsel on their Christmas trees. It has also become a custom to include a spider among the decorations on the Christmas tree.

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  1. Jerry Mazzola said:

    Tiziana, I have heard the story told a different way..if I may….

    This is an old Ukrainian Christmas tale. There was a very family who lived in tiny cabin in the wood. And Christmas had arrived and they were so poor and had barely any money for gifts . The children cried them selves to sleep not having any decorations or Christmas tree and the mother felt so awful that she put on her ragged shawl and holey boots and while the children slept, she went out into the forest to cut down a tree. Coming back into the house she realized that in her haste she forgot that there was really nothing to put on the tree . So she hung a few ribbons and put on the few candles she could find and hoped that when the children awoke the next morning they would love what she did. But unnoticed in the tree was a spider who had made her home for the winter. And she watched the mother cry as she added the few meager decorations she possessed. When the mother , exhausted , went to bed for the night, the spider came out and knew what she had to do. She wove her silk from top to bottom. going left and right all around the tree . Encasing it in beautiful silken webs. Since the tree had been brought in from the icy cold, into the warmth of the cabin , soon on the webs as the spider wove, drops of water formed . The condensation continued until the whole tree was covered in sparkling diamond like jewels trapped in the silk of the spider web, and lit by the candles the mother had placed among the branches. The spider grew so tired from all her work , she fell asleep in one of her webs. And the next morning when the children and the mother woke , they found the most beautiful sight that their eyes could behold . Before them stood a glittering masterpiece. more beautiful than any tree they had ever seen . That is the miracle of the Christmas Spider. And that is why in Ukrainian households there is always a spider in a web included in the tree decorations . I like both stories equally well …..and I do put a silver spider in my tree each and every year .

  2. Hi,

    That is a beautiful story, we like it very much. Thank you for sharing.


  3. Jerry Mazzola said:

    You are very very welcome Tiziana….by the way I am NOT Ukrainian but my husband and his family are…lol I am Italian….but I love the story and it appeals to my Italian sentimentality…lol anyway I like the idea of the Spider much better than La Buffana…lol

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