Tree toppers

Putting a decoration at the top of the Christmas tree has its roots in the Nativity story.

The most common ornaments to sit on the upper branches are angels, thanks to their role in spreading the news of Christ’s birth. They were in use by Victorian times, with one shown in a picture of the Royal Family’s Christmas tree.

Stars are also popular, symbolising the light that led the three wise men to Bethlehem. Modern takes on the tradition include fairies and Father Christmas.