That First Tree Topper…

Do you remember your first tree top ornament of your very first Christmas tree? Is it packed away with all the other sentimental ornaments in that tattered box sitting in the corner of the closet? Perhaps you found it this year and put it on your tree as a reminder of the memories it still holds for you? Maybe it was lost, broken, or thrown away?

We all have our stories of our first topper and how it holds a special place in our hearts. Maybe it was all you could afford at the time but it was yours! For some, it was a process just to choose the “right one” as the first topper. Lively discussions may have been about the “type” of topper to be used based upon their past experiences. For others, it was simply a necessity as they did not want their first tree to look ….. incomplete. Whatever the reason or memory, we all have that first topper that means something to each of us.

I was thinking about two of my boys who were married this past summer. What would their choice be for their first Christmas tree topper? It will be exciting to see their first tree topper but more importantly, it will be fascinating to hear their fond memories for years to come.

The popular choice for a tree topper is an angel. The story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem was announced by the angel Gabriel. My favorite Bible version is from Luke 1:26-33 and Luke 2:1-14. Aside from Gabriel, there were the multitude of Heavenly hosts (i.e., angels) praising God and shouting:

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” – Luke 2:14 (KJV)

Another popular tree topper choice is a star to represent the bright star which guided the wise men to that lowly manger stall where Jesus was born. There are just as many variations of the star as there are for the angel. Neither is wrong as it serves as a reminder for the true reason for this holiday season – the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ!

As you reflect upon your chosen tree topper this year, I hope it has meaning for you and your family’s heritage. It is to be treasured, cherished, and protected not because of the fragility of the ornament but of the memories it holds for all of you.

Here is wishing all of you have a very Merry Christmas this year!

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