Question Of The Week

Question of the week: What do you put on the top of your Christmas tree?


In my house we have always put an angel on our tree. When I married my husband he tried to put a star on the tree. My daughter and I were not having any part of that. The lighted, porcelain, family angel won over the cheap plastic star.

When I was little before the angel was placed on our tree my dad would tell us the story of how the angel got to sit on top of the tree. He thought he was so funny. Every year we would beg him not to tell the story, just put the angel on top!

We do not carry on the tradition of the story in my house. I am sure you have all heard of the story, but here it is any way!

When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.    
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more. 
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out,  Heaven knows where. 
Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the  floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.                 
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple  cider and a shot of rum.. 
When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider and hidden the liquor. 
In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. 
He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.               
Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.           
The angel said very cheerfully, Merry Christmas Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you.  Where would you like me to stick it?
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
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  1. Funny, Funny, Funny! 😀

    I alternate the top ornament. Sometimes it’s a handmade something one of the kids did, sometimes it’s a favorite ornament or a glass angel bearing thier birthstones. It’s always something to do with our girls.

    That glass angel with the birthstones sounds awesome!

  2. I’m very divided over the whole thing. For years we had a star. It was just a cheapo thing that we’d had for years and years and it was just what we used. It fit. When we moved 12 years ago, our basement got really damp and though it didn’t get “wet,” it got soggy. It’s hard to explain but it wasn’t the same. So went went on a trek to find the “perfect” tree topper. I had always wanted one of those “porcelain” angels and we found one. I got it home and it didn’t fit on the tree. It was to big and hit the ceiling!! So I used it as a decoration as it would stand on it’s own.

    This will sound bad but we have nothing on the top. We got an artificial tree 2 years ago and it’s so close to the ceiling that I can’t find anything I’ve really liked yet that will fit. It’s got to be very short. But on the other hand, I’m able to have a few cherished ornaments “almost” on the top so it looks like they are the center.

    Love the story. It’s one of my favorites.

    Just think the longer nothing fits on the top of the tree the more you get to shop for the perfect tree topper and end up with pretty ornaments instead! 🙂

  3. We still have a chubby little angel doll that we bought on our first Christmas together. It is not really a tree ornament, but with a bent coat hanger and an elastic band under her skirt, she has decorated our Christmas trees ever since.

    I was flirting with telling that story to my kids, but decided against it for this year other wise I can imagine it being retold at not necessarily appropriate times 😉

    My kids giggle every time they here that story! So far they have not retold it, at least not within my hearing range!


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