A Christmas tree angel decoration to sit at the very top of the Christmas Tree. The angel is adorned in a red and gold dress decorated with white lace. The angel has a halo of gold tinsel sitting on top of her head.

It is believed that Christians first introduced Angels as a popular tree decoration. This was to symbolize the angels that visited Joseph in a dream and to announce the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. If an angel decoration was not available then a star would also be used to represent the star that appeared in the sky to guide people to where Jesus had been born.

Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert introduced the decorated Christmas Tree to Britain from Germany. It became popular to dress the tree in bright colours, edible treats, ribbons and candles. These days candles have been replaced by fairy lights on a mixture of real fir or artificial trees. Traditionally it was deemed bad luck to put your tree up before Christmas Eve and not to take it down the day after twelfth night. These days people are not so superstitious and trees are put up and taken down whenever people fancy.




More information:

Date 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
Material(s) PlasticFabric
Item number MBPO295

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  • What do you put at the top of your Christmas tree?
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  • When do you take your tree down, on twelfth night?

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