Long, long ago in Germany, a mother and her children busied themselves cleaning for Christmas. When they had finished, not a speck of dust remained. Even the friendly spiders had scampered from their cozy corners on the ceiling and fled to the attic. On quiet Christmas Eve, the spiders slowly came down for a peek. “Oh what a beautiful tree!” they exclaimed.
The tree towered so high they could not see the top. In excitement, they scurried up the trunk and over every branch. They were filled with happiness as they climbed amongst the glittering beauty. But, alas! By the time they were through climbing in enjoyment, the Christmas tree was covered in dusty gray spider webs!
When Santa Claus came with the gifts for the children he saw the tree covered with spider webs. He smiled as he saw how happy the spiders were. But he knew how heartbroken the mother would be if she saw the tree covered with the dusty webs. So he turned the webs to silver and gold.
The tree sparkled and shimmered, and was even more beautiful than before. And that’s the story of why we use tinsel and garland on our tree, and why every tree should have a Christmas spider in its branches!