NOWCAST KCRA News at 8am Weekday Morning
Watch on Demand
Menu

Search location by ZIP code

NEWS ARCHIVE

Advertisement

This is what it means when you see a spider ornament on a Christmas tree

Does your family participate in any Christmas tree traditions?

This is what it means when you see a spider ornament on a Christmas tree

Does your family participate in any Christmas tree traditions?

Advertisement
This is what it means when you see a spider ornament on a Christmas tree

Does your family participate in any Christmas tree traditions?

Spiders might seem like a symbol specific to Halloween, but the eight-legged creatures actually play an important role in another holiday. You may have heard about the history of the pickle ornament, but some may practice a holiday tradition with the Christmas spider.

Another folktale from Europe, this one has been attributed to various countries, most often Ukraine and Germany. In one version of the Christmas spider story, a widowed mother and her children were too poor to decorate their Christmas tree, so friendly spiders spun elaborate webs on the evergreen. When the family awoke on Christmas morning, they opened the curtains and the sunshine hit the webs, turning them silver and gold (sometimes said to be the origin of tinsel). The family had good fortune from then on. Other iterations claim it was Santa Claus or Jesus himself who transformed the webs so that they wouldn't upset the mother.

Advertisement

Related Content

It's likely the legend is linked to the idea that spiders are lucky. Whatever the real reason, several sources, including the Evening Standard, report that Ukrainians decorate their Christmas trees with spider-shaped ornaments (often made of beautiful beads) to this day. Shop these striking spider ornaments to start the tradition in your own home this year.

AlertMe