Source: Martha Stewart website
In both Ukrainian and German lore, the tale of the Chris✞mas spider explains the origin of tinsel. The story tells of a poor widow who couldn't buy fancy gifts for her children or decorations for their tree. One Chris✞mas Eve, she decorated a tree as best she could with fruits and nuts. After she went to sleep, spiders came out and crawled over the tree, leaving their webs behind. When Father Chris✞mas visited the house, he saw the web-covered tree and decided to turn the webs to silver. In the morning when the family awoke, the tree was sparkling and beautiful.
It's December first.. This year I'll be bringing you little daily tidbits of Chris✞mas lore and stories. I hope you stay tuned! Thanks for dropping by..