"On one branch there hung little nets cut out of colored paper, and each net was filled with sugarplums; and among the other boughs gilded apples and walnuts were suspended, looking as though they had grown there, and little blue and white tapers were placed among the leaves. Dolls that looked for all the world like men—the Tree had never beheld such before—were seen among the foliage, and at the very top a large star of gold tinsel was fixed"....."The Fir Tree" by
Hans Christian Andersen
This may be the busiest holiday week, the countdown to Christmas Day. Chances are, you do not want to sit down at your computer reading a blog on the history of "Christmas Tree Toppers". You'd rather be shopping, baking sugar cookies, wrapping gifts or getting out that last Christmas card.....no? Then, grab a cup of joe, tea or hot toddy. This blog is short and very sweet. It may bring back some childhood memories.....
|This vintage Santa tree topper is from the 1940's (for sale at Sammie Davies Vintage Online)|
|Another 1940's Santa Tree Topper for sale @ www.hydroponics.com|
|I adore this Santa topper. This little gem would make me switch from a star to a Santa in a flash,|
People who top their trees with Santa seem to have a "jollier" ho,ho, ho attitude about Christmas. They have the magical, gift giving, razzle dazzle attitude about Christmas.
|Rather Majestic, wouldn't you say?|
|Illuminated tree toppers became popular in the United States after WWll. This one is by Noma.|
|The Bette Milder Angel|
People who top their trees with angels love the warmth, the comfort, the sweetness and purity of Christmas.
|Also sold at hydroponics, this is a sixties version of the Christmas Star. Whirling and twirling like the color wheel for the aluminum Christmas tree.|
|Attention Wise Men!|
|"O' Holy Night"|
Let's end this blog with a little fun. Did any of you have an aluminum Christmas tree? We borrowed one from neighbors. Yes, borrowed. Our neighbors were going away for the Christmas season and thought we might like to use their aluminum tree. It didn't smell, it looked strange and the novelty only lasted one evening. The next Christmas, we were gleefully back at the tree farm in Oceano, the shiny tree a distant memory.