advent {day 14}


The Ukrainian Legend of the Christmas Spider (a folktale):

There once was a widow, who lived in a small hut. One day a pinecone dropped on the floor and it took root. Her children were excited that they would have a tree for Christmas. All summer long they made plans on how they would decorate the tree. They were very poor, so poor that they did not have anything to decorate the tree with.

The widow went to bed on Christmas Eve knowing that the tree would not be decorated. Early on Christmas morning, the woman was awakened by her children. “Mother, mother wake up and see the tree it is beautiful!” The mother arose and saw that during the night a spider had spun a web around the tree. The youngest child opened the window to the first light of Christmas Day. As the shafts of the sun crept along the floor, it touched one of the threads of the spider web and instantly the web was changed into gold and silver.

And from that day forward the widow never wanted for anything.


And a friend just reminded me that I had this in my garden this year:

Another gift.



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you have one of these trees, do you not? and apparently one these spiders? fabulous.

Beautiful, Kelly. A reminder that there is wonder even in the unlovely things like spiders and spiderwebs. =)

when we are open to magic it finds us. what a a beautiful tale. i had never heard this before. thank you!!

What a beautiful story. And I just love your ornament.

This is completely charming. I so glad you shared it. Big smiles here.


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