The Christmas Spider - The story of a new holiday tradition

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For Children - When a monstrous spider comes to town to protect his favorite Christmas tree, the townspeople are sent running. But he has a talent for decorating trees, and a new holiday tradition is born.

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  • The Christmas Spider
  • Once, there lived a spider, deep in the woods, near a small town. He was quite large.
  • Every year, the people there would celebrate.
  • They put up lights, hung garland, and decorated a very large tree.
  • The tree came from the spiders forest. He loved climbing trees. One year, the townspeople cut down his favorite tree.
  • Enraged, he chased them from the woods.
  • They chased him back.
  • The spider watched from the woods, while the people put up his tree.
  • They decorated it... ...and danced.
  • The spider wanted to climb his favorite tree. So one night, after bedtime, he snuck out of the woods.
  • ...and climbed the Christmas tree.
  • The sun rose, and the spider was still in the tree. It was Christmas Eve. He watched the people gather while children played.
  • They threw snowballs, and built snow-forts. They played near the tree.
  • Too near... An ornament fell.
  • The giant spider jumped from the tree. The children screamed. Everyone fled.
  • He tried to chase them away... ...but he was tangled up in ornaments and garland.
  • The men came with their guns. and the big spider ran With all the decorations ringing and clanging.
  • The tree fell and the spider dragged it... ...until the garland finally broke away.
  • And he escaped! Leaving a trail of ornaments behind.
  • The tree was ruined.
  • It was too late to fix. And most of the decorations were gone.
  • The spider watched. He felt terrible. When darkness fell, he crept into town...
  • ...and rebuilt the tree!
  • On Christmas morning, the people of the town returned. The tree was fixed!
  • All the decorations were back where they belonged. It was perfect!
  • The children opened their gifts. And they sang, and they danced.
  • And high in the tree, they saw two red eyes, and a trail of tinsel leading from the woods. Was it the spider?
  • They never touched the tree again.
  • Every year since, they put up the tree, and it always stays perfect. Whenever an ornament falls, it finds its way back. Sometimes, a trail of tinsel leads toward the forest. The Christmas Spider was there.
  • Is he watching over your tree?
  • The End. 2013 Tom Bishop