The Legend of the Christmas Spider

This is one of the most precious gifts that has been given to me, I wanted to share it with you all!  A very dear friend presented this to me at a book signing a year or so ago, she giggled when I wanted to pin him to my jacket.  My friend, Tissie Gorman, knows that I research a lot of legends, she made sure to include this little guy’s legend inside the box that contained him; I now know that he is far too special to be pinned to my jacket!

 

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The Christmas Spider

(Legend originated from Germany and the Ukraine)

Once upon a time, long ago, a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year…. The day on which the Christ Child came to bless the house. Not a speck of dust was left. Even the spiders had been banished from their cozy corner in the ceiling to avoid the housewife’s busy cleaning. They finally fled to the farthest corner of the attic.
T’was Christmas eve at last! The tree was decorated and waiting for the children to see it, but the poor spiders were frantic; For they could not see the tree nor be present for the Christ Childs’ visit. The oldest and the wisest of the spiders suggested that perhaps they could peep through the crack in the door to see him. Silently they crept from the attic, down the stairs and across the floor to wait in the crack of the threshold. Suddenly the door opened a wee bit and quickly the spiders scurried into the room. They crept all over the tree, up and down over every branch and twig and saw every one of the pretty things. At last, now satisfied that they had experienced all of the trees beauty.
But Alas! Everywhere they had went, they had left their webs. When the Christ Child came to visit and bless the house he was dismayed. He loved the little spiders, for they were God’s creatures too, but he knew that the mother who had trimmed the tree for the little children would not feel the same.     The Christ Child reached out and touched the webs, turning them into sparkling strands of silver and gold!
Ever since that time tinsel has been hung on trees, and in Germany and the Ukraine, a Christmas Spider is hung amongst the ornaments on every Christmas tree!

Author Lyn Gibson to attend Geekonomicon 2015

69       Top Selling horror novelist and Vampire Historian, Lyn Gibson is slated to attend Geekonomicon 2015.  The event will be held at the Gulf Coast Coliseum December 11th-13th.  Gibson, author of “The Adrian Trilogy” “Short & Gory” and her soon to be released novel “The Wicked Truth” will be accompanied by the “Adrian’s Fury Dragster”.

“This is the long awaited debut of our dragster” Gibson states.  “We are excited to have her make her first appearance at a fairly local con.  This will be our first year to participate at Geekonomicon, we’re excited on a lot of different levels.”

Gibson has attended cons and other like events frequently in the past 2 years and has accumulated a following of over 73,000 on her social media, fan pages and blogs.  Her writing style is unique.  She has the ability to weave legends and lore throughout her story lines leaving her fans eagerly awaiting her next release.

“I adore the Steampunk scene, I believe that Geekonomicon holds a world record on having the most Steampunk enthusiasts in one place at the same time” Gibson adds.  “The Dragster will be in the Guinness book of world records soon as well.  She is a hand crafted, custom build that is like no other as far as top fuel front engine dragsters go.  My husband will also make the record book for being the tallest NHRA certified driver.”

geekGeekonomicon boasts being far more than an event:

       Geekonomicon is a community of like-minded geeks and nerds who want to create an environment on a regular, not just yearly, basis where people can gather together for networking, entertainment, and educational events to share ideas and connect without fear of judgment. On this quest to grow our community we will promote awareness in society of our unique culture, its differences, and similarities, in order to foster a better mutual understanding. In December were we can all celebrate a family friendly Geekmas together.

      The Con has a broad list of guests ranging from Authors, Film producers, Actors, Artists and more, much more.  The event is jam-packed with games, movies, panels, contests and other activities for attendees of all ages.  For additional information visit the Geekonomicon website at the link above.

 

 

What is it about Vampires?!

54ffcee5dc1b04f72f678a7205920a2cI’ve heard that question a time or two!  Most recently it was asked of me while speaking at a public library in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.  The funny thing is, I never grow tired of offering an opinion on the subject!

Having been dubbed with the title of “Vampire Historian,”  these three questions are encountered frequently:  “What is it about Vampires?”  “Do I believe in Vampires?” and “Which is the authentic Vampire origination theory?”

All three of the above topics just happen to be my favorite to discuss, and well, just don’t get me started if you have somewhere to go!

Vampire legend and lore is most intriguing research.  Every region, religion and era defines their own brand of the immortal.  Most legends are common in traits and characteristics.  Surprisingly, many legends are referenced or are similar to, creatures described within ancient text based within that same specific regions and time period.  This recurring phenomenon compels one to believe the old saying, “Every legend, no matter how obscure, is based on some level of truth.”

So, “What is it about Vampires?”  and “What is the most authentic of origination theories?” can be answered somewhat simultaneously.  In my opinion, Vampire’s represent the most forbidden form of taboo.  Most of us were raised and exist within a religious environment of some form.  Considered one of the most blasphemous of sins is to deny God.  Though the Vampire’s characteristics are “God-like” in a sense, they were cursed with their existence for having committed this most offensive of sins; they turned their backs on the creator.  No matter the legend, the cause, is most generally the same.  Ancient religious text in association with the earliest recorded history of the Vampire collaborate on many levels. (The word Vampire was introduced in the early 1600th century but did not become common until the 1800th century.)

The earliest recorded legends are in association with Lilith, first wife of Adam.  Following Lilith came Cain, son of Adam who spilled the first human blood by murdering his brother Abel.  Another theory that is in association with the King James Bible and other religious text is that of Judas, who betrayed Christ, resulting in his crucifixion.

These are all well know stories from within the King James Bible.  There is also something else that is occurring during this same era.  Broad references are made to the Fallen angels in the aforementioned Bible yet in other ancient texts, namely the book of Enoch, these references are expanded upon in great detail.

Genesis 6:1-2 states: “When humans began to increase in number and daughters were born to them The sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were fair and they took them wives of all they chose.”

This is, in my opinion, is the point when Vampire race was originated.  God had enforced but one demand onto the Heavenly Hosts; they were not to interfere with mankind.  With this one lustful act, the Sons of God became cursed and were cast from the Heavens.  No longer existing within the grace of their maker, The Fallen turned on mankind, determined to corrupt the race in retribution.  Mankind had been deemed the chosen race by the same God who had created all angels within His image.

The integration of The Fallen into the human population initiated a hybrid bred race.  Having the physical attributes of a mortal, they were like no man that had existed.  These creatures would inherit the same characteristics of their maker.  Consider the fact that angels were created by God in his own image.  The Fallen were in fact, immortal, all knowing beings who possessed abilities incapable of any man.  These characteristics mimic those associated with Vampire race.  Most legends define Vampire as an all knowing, powerful being with the curse of immortality, and most legends have similarities in their weakness.  These weaknesses are reflective of having committed the unforgivable sin, denying their maker.

Legends concur that Vampires are nocturnal, thus never again to walk within the light (or grace) of God.  They have weaknesses concerning Holy relics, as they tend to remind the breed of their error and impending fate.  Silver is also said to be another of those reminders, based upon the Judas theory, silver is said to represent their transgressions as silver coins were earned by Judas for his betrayal of Christ.

I believe that in this, we find the most authentic origination theory.  This theory, in turn, explains our recurring fascination with the Vampire.  We have know the breed to be exact perfection, they are creatures of beauty as their makers were formed in the image of our creator.  They are powerful and all knowing, to be revered by those of us with mortal souls.  They have lived lifetimes yet still retain the original and forbidden knowledge never intended to be shared with our race.

In these facets, the Vampire is intriguing to us, yet, it is also within our mortality that we embrace their weaknesses as we are fragile and flawed by nature.  Can it be that even though the Vampire is as such because of God’s curse, that we as human yearn for them as they are as close to God as we could come without dying a mortal death? Indeed and in fact, I believe this to be the truth of it.

Having broadly answered two of the three questions, I will address the remaining; “Do I believe in Vampires?”  In a word, no.  I have found no evidence of like creatures in recent documents, at least not the depiction of Vampire that has become common within the last few centuries.  I do believe that there once was a hybrid race which possessed the characteristics associated with that of the Vampire.  They most certainly did exist.  The evidence is all around us.  New relics, sites and records are being excavated at this very moment.  Though these particular treasures are new to us, the history recorded and represented by them, only collaborates with existing legends and lore.

Though there is no reliable evidence that these creatures have endured in this day and age, there is no guarantee that they will not return.  They have been banished twice, once from Heaven then from Earth by means of the great flood.  That having been said, I will leave you with this verse:  Genesis 6:4 – There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that.

More detailed information on Lilith, Cain, Judas and other Vampire origination theories can be found on this site in past blogs!  Type your query into the search bar on the home page , happy reading!