Monday, November 16, 2009

Tinsel

Tinsel has been ever after a favored decoration on trees... I have heard different variations of the legend of tinsel but I love this one and wanted to share it with you.....
A very long time ago, a German mother busily cleaned her house on preparation for Christmas... She was a very poor widow... She had gone into the forest the day before and cut a small tree.. She had no decorations for it's boughs, but she still prepared a place of honor where the tree would stand.... Closer and closer she came to little spiders that feared they would be swept out into the frigid winter air... They begged the woman to save their lives. The woman took pity on them and bid them to go to the attic... where they would be safe and she would be assured their house would be clean. Christmas eve arrived and mother and children went to bed.... The spiders in the attic wanting only a glimpse of the tree, crept from the attic to take a peek. Expecting a lovely Christmas tree and seeing a barren fir... the spiders realized the poor woman has no gifts to give her children, except the little tree itself... The spiders thankful she had spared their lives began to work with purpose... Crawling and spinning from the top to the bottom on the little tree. An angel watching over-head on the blessed Christmas night watched as the spiders toiled... very impressed with their charity . she touched the tree in blessing... The silken webs immediately turned to a shimmering silver and gold.... What a beautiful sight to behold when the family awakened to view the tree in the morning....

Another reason for the season to be enjoyed with the joy in our hearts and a feeling of peace in our minds... Remember the reason for the season........

4 comments:

Marilyn said...

That was so pretty... I pictured in my mind the evening of spinning & then the magic of the tree!!

Have a Wonderful Day!
Love,
Marilyn

Celestial Charms said...

A sweet legend. I remember its story from a few years back, but I can't for the life of me recall if it was in a book or on TV. Did you ever see that story told on television?
Have a Happy Monday,
Maureen

Julie said...

What a beautiful story, Marietta! Thank-you for sharing that! I so enjoy your posts!

SharDon Exclusives said...

Lovely lovely story! I had never heard that one but I loved it! I love tinsel too. Do ya' think it is our age? It brings back so many memories to think about tinsel. The trees back then were not perfect, usually from the woods but the smell of that fresh pine and the tinsel glowing...goodness, I am homesick for those days, safe in my parents arms at Christmas.
Thank you for sharing this delightful tale.
Sharon