Many of you may have seen the beautiful ornate spider ornaments that hang daintily on the Christmas tree, but have you ever heard of the reason behind it? I hadn’t myself but was intrigued. Working in pest control, all we hear from people are how frightened they are of these 8 legged creep crawlies, so why on earth would one adorn it to a special holiday masterpiece? I had to find out! I hope you enjoy of the story which dates back to the late 1800s:
The Story of the Spider and the Christmas Tree
There once was a widow who lived in a cramped old hut. She lived with her children. Outside
their home was a tall pine tree. From the tree dropped a pine cone that soon started to grow from the soil. The children were excited about the prospect of having a Christmas tree, and so they tended to it, ensuring that it would continue to grow and be strong until it became tall enough to be a Christmas tree to take inside their home. Unfortunately, the family was poor and even though they had a Christmas tree, they couldn’t afford to decorate it with ornaments for Christmas. And so on Christmas eve, the widow and her children went to bed knowing that they would have a bare Christmas tree on Christmas morning.
The spiders in the hut heard the sobs of the children and sad cries, and decided they would not leave the Christmas tree bare. So the spiders created beautiful webs on the Christmas tree, decorating it with elegant and beautiful silky patterns. When the children woke up early on Christmas morning they were jumping for excitement. They went to their mother and woke her up. “Mother, you have to come see the Christmas tree. It’s so beautiful!”
As the mother woke and stood in front of the tree, she was truly amazed at the sight that lay before her eyes. One of the children opened up the window as the sun was shining. The sun would slide along the floor and slowly glide up the Christmas tree and onto the webs. As the rays of the sun shone on the tree, the webs turned into glittering silver and gold color; making the Christmas tree dazzle and sparkle with a magical twinkle. From that day forward the widow never felt poor, instead, she was always grateful for all the wonderful gifts she already had in life.
Well, if you’re like me, pretty little ornaments are one thing, but a real-life spider is entirely different! Anyone living within our beautiful Boise area may have discovered that spiders are opportunists and will gain entry into your home by way of firewood, Poinsettia plants, and live Christmas trees and wreaths. If you find one of these unwelcome guests, simply give Barrier Pest Control a call. We’ll be there before Santa eats the last cookie!