DIY Creepmas Spider Ornament

Happy Winter Solstice Halloween friends! I can’t believe we’re days away from Christmas and a new year. I hope that you have had a splendid 2018 and that luck and fortune will be with you in 2019! Speaking of luck…did you know, based on Ukrainian and Germanic folklore, a spider ornament on your Christmas tree will bring you good luck? The legend of the Christmas spider is also said to have been the story that inspired the popular decorating trend of draping silvery tinsel on the tree.

There is an ongoing superstition in Europe that spiders bring good luck – and the Christmas spider legend tells of a widowed mother living in poverty with her children. The children find a pine cone and tend to it with hopes that a tree will sprout in time for Christmas (which it did!). Once Christmas came, they could still not afford to decorate the tree. After the children fell asleep on Christmas, a spider is said to have spun a glittering web around the tree so that when the light hit it in the morning it shone and turned the web into gold and silver –ย  quite a sight to behold. The family was overjoyed and also were no longer living in poverty from that point on.

To honor this legend and to help you bring a bit of luck into your new year, I’m going to show you how to make your own spider ornament if you do not have one adorning your tree yet! Keep reading to find out how:

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Spooky Good Style: Gruss Vom Krampus

I love the folk legend of Krampus! I also love the 2015 Michael Dougherty film, “Krampus” which has become a Christmas tradition that my husband and I watch each year.

To honor my passion for the half-goat, half-demon who punishes naughty children (I mean, c’mon, does receiving coal really inspire a child to behave or does a goat demon do the trick? My vote is for the goat demon…) I ordered this vintage inspired Krampus shirt on Amazon!

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13 Days of Creepmas: Ginger-dead Cookies

Tis the season for sweet treats – and what’s sweeter than baking a warm, spicey ginger bread cookie with a sinister twist? Today, to celebrate Creepmas with you, I’m sharing a delicious and easy ginger-dead cookie recipe. What’s so fun about them is you can decorate as creepy as you like! My piping skills are very amateur (which you can tell by the photos), but the sloppiness gives them some character!

I also cut out different shapes to make an evil Santa Claus and spooky snowman. Keep reading for the recipe and some decorating inspiration:

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13 Days of Creepmas!

merry creepmas

Merry Creepmas to all! I’m so excited to be bringing a bit of Halloween cheer into December by participating in the 13 Days ofย Creepmas.

What is Creepmas you ask? This is the season where Halloween lovers and Halloween online content creators share frights, delights and spooky things to keep the spirit alive.

Just as retailers roll out all things Christmas in September and make us feel the Holiday stress before Halloween comes around, us creepers strike back with chills and thrills to bring out the most unusual, strange and creepy things about the holidays!

Be sure to visit the Creepmas website to see all of the bloggers and folks online who will be sharing Creepmas ideas from Dec. 1 – 13. I’ll be posting some fun recipes, ideas and outfits for my first Creepmas.

And to kick off Creepmas, check out composer Myuu on YouTube (or find a complete dark holiday playlist on his website here) for a playlist of eerie and dark renditions of Christmas classics: