My babysitter gave me the neatest gift for my birthday - a Christmas spider! I'd heard of the Christmas pickle ornament, and the Elf on the Shelf, but never this adorable little story. Essentially, in whatever version of the tale is told, the little spiders are so excited to see the decorated tree that they run all over it and create cobwebs. Then, before anyone sees the dusty webs, they become tinsel.
And it's from a real book with real pages, from 1971!
I'm smitten, both by its sweetness and the ease of fitting it into the holidays, so this year the tiniest creatures get to star in a new holiday myth. No pinning pages and pages of ideas, no worries about forgetting to move it. And no implications if it doesn't make it down one year - the spiders are just having their own shindig in the attic.
In case it's not clear, I've already axed the Elf on the Shelf. A couple of years ago when my oldest son learned about it in preschool, I told him that while some people liked the elf going back to report to Santa, that job currently falls to me and Daddy, who are attorneys. I told him that we argue cases for a living, and while we wouldn't lie to Santa, we'd definitely help things go his way when we talked to the big guy each evening. Nothing else has been said.
But this, I love! If you don't have a Mrs. Rita (and she's pretty exclusive), I found a tutorial for the spiders here from Dan's Le Lakehouse:
I love making them to toss about at Halloween. They come together very quickly, which is a boon these last two months of the year. You can keep them this size and make it a game for the kids to find the tiny spiders, similar to the Christmas pickle.
However, constructing them with more pipe cleaners for longer legs might be easier to fix onto the tree.
This mixed media spider combines a gold bells with gold pipe cleaners and lends an air of nostalgia to the craft, which is nice in a marshmallow, LED world.