questionswhat ornament do you top your christmas tree with?

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About 15 years ago I went all Martha Stewart on a wire coat hanger and made a star. I still use it.

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A plastic star that flashes between blue and green. I want an Angel, but haven't gotten the hubs on board yet.

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Nothing this year - the top of the tree is about two inches from the ceiling. Usually an angel though.

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i'd like to top it with a giant woot! exclamation mark. it only seems fitting since most of the gifts under the tree are from woot.

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Crochet angel -- she reminds me of my Grandma.

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A giant, glitter-encrusted pentacle.

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We have this angel thing I got last year... basically a barbie-like doll (smaller chest, no legs) in a cinderella at the ball type dress.

Prior to that, we had these spiked ball things (sort of like shiny spiny sea urchins, I guess) that were glittery. Used those for about three years.

Prior to that, didn't really have a tree topper I liked for about 7-8 years so didn't use one.

Growing up, we had these really cool delecate blown glass ones from Czechoslovakia... sort of like a glass spike with balls (smallest near the top, large beneath that and largest near the base of the spike). The largest ball was maybe three inches in diameter and the spike was maybe nine inches tall.

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Atop our tree, sits one of the first ever Woot Screaming Monkeys to ever fly into space!

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I've never had a Christmas tree til this year. So... I had my miniature nutcracker gob on that knob.

Pics will be provided on request.

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I like to dangle Flying Screaming Slingshot Monkies from the branches.

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I got the stupidest star ever. DH & I bought this lighted star for our first tree, not knowing it blinks. So it's about 5-6" and blinks constantly and looks like something you find in a cheesy dollar store display, but it's TRADITION now!

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The wife does a peacock themed tree but on the top instead of a star is one of those masquerade masks from Pier1 with a peacock feather in it. I was skeptical at first (I'm a Charlie Brown Ornament Guy) but it looks really nice.

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A crocheted angel my Mom made.

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@baqui63: Did it look all retro 50s? My grandmother used to have one and I'd love to find another like it. I have many of her old ornaments and every few years put up an extra tree in another room--they always had a short, fat Scotch pine-- with the old fashioned C7 lights, her tree skirt and her old ornaments. Wish I could replicate the tree topper.

We've had an angel, an S-3B Viking, A McDonald's Toy Story Woody figure with a drawn on pencil thin mustache (kids are weird) named "Redneck Max," and a Santa spire. No idea what is going on top this year because I can't seem to get this thing decorated!

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For the last 10 or 12 years, a white glass-and-feathers Dove of Peace. This year, though, I think we're going to have a very small Charlie Brown tree with just a single red ornament. I'm still leg-cast bound and not willing to do the clambering around needed to decorate the usual 6' tree.

Perhaps I'll make a nest under the tree for the dove.

Prior to that, usually a silver glass spire-looking thing.

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A little girl made me a angel from a paper plate 15 or so years ago. It's what always goes on my tree.

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I often find our orange cat, working his way towards the top. Does that count?

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@xdavex: That rates a loud and appreciative "AWWWWWW!"

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@lavikinga:

Maybe. I'm not sure I know what retro 50's means, especially when applied to an angel Christmas tree topper.

It is unlit, the dress is white with gold trim and it cost maybe $15 at the local discount store where my daughters work. I know they had more this year, but they're not pictured in this week's circular.

If you'd like, I'll take a photo of the one I have and post it somewhere. (I am dragging out the Christmas decorations tomorrow.) If it is what you want, we can work out some way to buy one and get it to you.

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@xdavex:

Hey.

Cool pic of the humming-bear.

If I may, where do you live and how far from an urban area?

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@baqui63: Thanks, pesky critters, they'll break through your screen door and eat your cat's bag of food while you're sleeping too.

I'm in northern NH about 2 - 2 1/2 hours from anything that resembles a 'city', domestic or in Canada. It's ok but I miss much of city life sometimes having been born and raised in a midwest metro.

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Construction-paper star glued to an empty toilet paper tube. My son made it several years ago, and I love it.

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@baqui63: Not the angel, but the "spiked ball thing." Don't know what will go on top this year. (Just wasted an hour on ebay looking at vintage toppers.)

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@lavikinga:

Ah, my bad.

Unfortunately, that tree topper was broken (along with a number of other delicate handmade Slovak ornaments) at the failed conclusion of the Great Christmas Tree Climbing Expedition of 1974, a solo attempt by Tinkerbell, our cat at the time. Tinkerbell survived the initial collapse of the tree and subsequent evacuation of the living room, though there was some question as to her continued good health as my father was getting home from work later that day (the ornaments had been gifts to him from his mother who had died several years earlier). I will note that Tinkerbell did survive.

Overall it was similar to this in general shape. It was a beautiful metalic blue with silver and gold trim and had much much more detail.

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Our first topper as a kid was a teeny angel, which is now used as an ornament. Then we used a "spike ball thing" that was an opaque aquamarine-ish color. When I was about 9 we moved to Germany and bought a beautiful handmade wax, paper & feather angel that is gold & brown. That's been on my parents' tree ever since.

My fake white tree with pink lights and candy-themed ornaments (bucking tradition) hasn't had a consistent topper. The first year I used a beanie-baby angel bear (b/c that's what I could find that matched). Just haven't found anything that I like yet. Also, I've only put the tree up 3 times in 6 years, so I don't care all that much.

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Although I am not religious, my tree is topped with an angel. My tree is done in crystal with some white, the theme is ice. Crystal ornaments, acrylic icicles, clear and white garland, clear lights, and white fiber optics (I removed the color wheel). I picked up a lovely clear acrylic angel tree topper which fits the theme perfectly.

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@baqui63: We had one of those when I was a kid, along with a bunch or ornaments along the same lines. We lost all those ornaments to a fire at the family business where a lot of our seasonal things were stored.

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@moondrake:

Fire and cats... both destructive forces of nature.