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15 Christmas Tree Toppers You’ll Love Trimming the Tree With

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With the holiday only weeks away, it’s officially time to bust out those trees — and the Christmas tree toppers that go along with them. Whether you opt for a real version or an artificial tree this season, decorating its branches is a beloved tradition, and one that isn’t complete without a great tree topper: the one element that can bring everything together. We’ve scoured the internet to uncover a host of options we think you and your family will love this holiday enough to pass down for generations to come. 

History of the Christmas Tree Topper

Have you ever wondered why we top off our trees in the first place? It seems we have our neighbors across the pond to thank for this festive tradition. The history of the Christmas tree topper — most notably, the angel — dates back beyond the 1800s. Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, were the first royal family to bring a Christmas tree to Windsor Castle, decorating it with every bit, bobble, ornament, candle, and piece of tinsel imaginable — including an angel sitting at the very top, as illustrated in an 1848 December edition of the London News. With Queen Victoria being a particularly popular royal, the tradition quickly became adopted by those in Britain and eventually, those in American high society.

Types of Tree Toppers

Over the years, you’ve likely come across scores of tree toppers. We rounded up three categories of tree toppers adored by holiday lovers the world over. 

Angel tree toppers: Angel tree toppers are the most common type of tree topper — it was an angel that adorned that famous first royal tree, after all! These toppers, which usually consist of an angel and some lights, are a favorite of many to this very day. 

Star tree toppers: A topper rooted in Christmas mythology, star toppers call to mind the story of Christmas and are inspired by the North Star, which played an integral part in the story of the three wise men as it guided them on their journey to greet the baby Jesus. Star toppers are also a stunning way to bring a little sparkle into your décor. 

Holiday tree toppers: For those who prefer a less religious theme, holiday tree toppers are a popular option. From elf-inspired hats ($18.74, Pier 1) to toppers that double as a welcome beacon for Santa ($24.50, Target), the options are truly endless. 

Best Christmas Tree Toppers

The Best Christmas Tree Toppers

Whether you’re shopping for your first ever tree topper or replacing an old classic that’s on its last legs, if one of these decorations is on your shopping list this holiday, we’ve got your back. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for this season’s best Christmas tree toppers of 2019.

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