December 19, 2016

Spider saves baby Jesus

The Cobweb Curtain: A Christmas Story
by Jenny Koralek
illustrated by Pauline Baynes

When word spreads that the Christ child has been born, the king sends soldiers to find the baby. Knowing that they are in danger, a shepherd leads Mary, Joseph, and the baby to a dark cave to hide. While they sleep, a spider weaves a great web across the cave’s entrance. By the time the soldiers arrive, the web has frozen solid. Seeing that the web is unbroken, the soldiers pass by, and everyone is saved.

I like to seek out diverse Christmas stories, and this is one that I have never heard before. It's an enchanting way to explain why we hang tinsel on Christmas trees.

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