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What’s Going On Top Of Your Christmas Tree This Year?

the traditional star to top your Christmas treeTraditionally, the last ornament to go on a Christmas tree was the star – it’s pride of place at the very top of the tree. In recent years we have seen anything from Santa through to angels sitting at the top of the tree.

I am still a little old fashioned. I like the idea of a star sitting on top. Although the tree is inside, the whole idea of decorating the tree is to make it look like a tree in the woods. Baubles are meant to resemble fruits – in fact, that is where they have their origins and the first glass baubles were fruit replicas.

Christmas tree lights, they have their origins. The candles that were placed in trees, probably to represent stars. The big star on top was meant to represent the largest star in the night sky. Other decorations included season berries and tinsel, which was supposed to resemble snow on the tree branches.

Most of this has been lost over the decades. Decorations now are designed to create a wow factor. Not that this is a problem, of course. We all love to decorate a Christmas tree, to make it our own. Even then, we still follow certain traditions and one of those is the star that sits at the top. What’s your favourite decoration for the top of your Christmas tree?

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I Spy Upon A Tree A Christmas Star As Pretty As Can Be

a shining star for your Christmas treeDecorating Christmas trees is an age old tradition. In our family, the final touch is to put the Christmas star on top. The Children takes turn year about – it’s my job to lift them up so they can attach it. Christmas is a time for traditions, but even they are being turned on their head and it’s not always for the worst.

The humble Christmas star that has stood on top of Christmas trees for generations has had a modern makeover. I remember when we made our own out of coloured cardboard. These days they really do answer the children’s call of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Our pictured star is in stunning silver and is decorated with little beads that have a mirror effect – it certainly does present that twinkling effect that children of all ages love. Imagine that atop a Christmas tree with a string of flashing coloured lights. The mirrored effect of the flashing lights can be amazing.

This is only one of many stars and some of the modern designs are really effective and really do ‘add the finishing touch’. Today’s Christmas trees are in a league of their own with the amazing array of lights, Christmas decorations and stars available.

The hardest part to decorating a Christmas tree is knowing where to start. There is never a problem with knowing where to finish – it’s always the Christmas star – the Christmas tree’s crowning glory.