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So Many Holidays, So Little Time

In Germany, Poland, and Ukraine, finding a spider or a spider's web on a Christmas tree is considered good luck. According to folk art curator, Lubow Wolynetz, the tradition is Ukrainian and dates back to the late 1800s or early 1900.

There are several versions of the story. Below is one:

A poor but hardworking widow lived with her children in a tiny hut. One summer day, a pine cone made its way to the earthen floor of the hut and took root. The children nurtured the little growth, and by Christmas, a tree had grown! But, being poor, they could not afford to decorate it with ornaments and the children went to bed knowing their tree would be bare come Christmas morning.

The spiders in the hut felt the children's sadness, and decided they would not leave the Christmas tree bare. So they created beautiful webs on the Christmas tree, decorating it with elegant and beautiful silky patterns.

Early the next morning,


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