Not a Christmas Spider

My sister makes cute beaded Christmas spiders – tree decorations- as gifts.

They came to mind yesterday as I walked out into the unusually warm weather (10 degrees Celsius) and happened upon this guy hanging by a web-thread from my mailbox.

He was spinning in the wind so I moved him to the porch railing.

Poor thing must be quite confused, this is supposed to be a rest time for spiders.

So this is a spider at Christmas time but it’s not a Christmas spider.

A photo of a spider on my porch railing.
A photo of an orange spider on my porch railing. The spider is relatively large for NL, its body is about the size of my thumbprint. my railing is wooden with metal uprights and there are lit Xmas lights wrapped around the wood.