There is a certain air of excitement that comes with bring home the Christmas tree. Some folks plan their visit to the tree lot weeks ahead of time and spend hours of time debating the merits of a Douglas or noble fir. Other people love the way their beautiful artificial tree looks when it comes out of storage and is setup for the first time.
But one thing that all the trees have in common, whether they are fresh or artificial is that they need to have a Christmas tree topper to finish off the decorating. In some families, the topper is put on the tree first and the entire tree is designed and created under the watchful eye of the Christmas angel.
In other families, the topper is the very last thing to go on the tree. If there is some decoration which has been missed amongst the ornaments boxes and plastic ornament keepers and the star or the angel topper has already been put into place, then that last ornament is simply not going on the tree.
Just having the topper in place means that the tree is done. And it is time to move onto wrapping or stocking stuffing or feasting.
Some families have Christmas tree toppers that have been handed down from more than one generation and are still put into use each and every year. Other families spend hours on the internet searching for the perfect decoration to finish their tree in a special way.
These folks start their own holiday traditions and whatever kind of ornament they might be looking for, they can probably find online somewhere.
There are angel tree toppers, cat figures, dogs and even Elvis tree toppers, complete with pompadour wave and sunglasses. Sometimes they play Christmas carols or have their own little lights which chase each other around the angel’s wings.
And sometimes, they are quiet and serene. Almost somber, as if by their very presence on the top of the tree they convey a sense of the deep mystery of Christmas.