Christmas Tree Toppers
Buy beautifully hand painted glass Christmas tree toppers in various colors and designs. Our unique Christmas tree toppers now include some of the same elegant styles and rich patterns, as our popular glass ornaments. Find the perfect glass Christmas treetop from our selection of classic angel Christmas tree topper, star Christmas tree topper, snowman christmas tree topper, nativity scene Christmas tree topper, nutcracker, animal and other unique Christmas tree toppers.
Hand painted on bold colors like red, blue and yellow, our glass tree toppers will make your Christmas tree stand out like never before.
The History Of Christmas Tree Toppers
Have you ever thought about the symbolism of the ornament you put on top of your Christmas tree? These days, there are no hard and fast rules about decorating a Christmas tree. In some regions, you could even decorate a palm tree and it wouldn't look strange. However, if you like the traditional look, you might have wondered about how ornaments in the form of an angel or a star became popular as Christmas tree toppers.
Angels have started to appear as Christmas tree toppers almost as soon as people started decorating Christmas trees in the late 1800s. These angels usually symbolized the ones that appeared to Mary to deliver the message that she would be the mother of Christ and to shepherds to inform them of the birth of Jesus Christ. In some versions of the angel tree topper, several angels could be clustered near the top of the tree to represent the heavenly host that heralded Christ's birth.
If you have an angel tree topper as an heirloom, you can usually date it according to its style, which usually matches the preferred art style of the time. Many early angel tree toppers had paper wings lined with cotton to represent the fact that angels are traditionally thought of as living in the heavens, surrounded by clouds. Some of the more expensive versions of this type of angel had porcelain heads. Hair styles can also be a dead giveaway for when the angel tree topper was produced because they usually matched the preferred style of the time.
A star usually represents the Star of Bethlehem that appeared to the three Wise Men who gave gifts to the infant Jesus. As an interesting note, some Jewish households will decorate a bush during Hanukkah using the Star of David as a topper. The stars used to decorate Christmas trees can come in several styles with ones that involve a lot of gold and silver colors being the general favorite. Like the angel tree topper, it may even be possible to date an older star ornament according to its style. A “sunburst” style may be an alternative to the more traditional star and, in fact, pagan variations of a Christmas star usually represent the Sun.
Another, slightly less popular choice is the Christian cross, which is a reminder of the reason that Jesus Christ was born. This choice can also reflect the preferred style of the time it was produced and can range from the very simple to versions that are as ornate as the kind you might see in cathedrals.
A blown glass topper is also a popular traditional choice to represent the cathedrals where some Christians might go to celebrate Christmas. Many of the more valuable blown glass toppers have been blown by craftsmen, though they can also be mass-produced. A variation of the blown glass topper for symbolism is the finial, a popular decoration used in classic architecture that was typically set on top of domes or towers to emphasize the apex.
Other favorite tree toppers include a Father Christmas or Santa Claus ornament. Since World War II, many tree toppers, especially Santa Clauses, angels and stars, featured electric lighting. Some modern tree toppers may also feature moving elements like an angel that moves its wings. If you favor a more traditional look, you might not like the effect of these ornaments, but they are popular with people who want to add an interesting element to their Christmas tree toppers.
It's possible to find clues as to which Christmas tree toppers were most popular in any given era by searching in relevant literature. Hans Christian Anderson's “The Fir-Tree” mentions a large star made of gold tinsel that was apparently popular with the Danish at the time it was written.
With a wide variety of traditional tree toppers to choose from, you can actually get quite creative here. If you don't have any heirlooms, and they do have a tendency to break or become damaged over time, you can find modern versions of classic favorites that can match your preferred style no matter whether you want to match the traditional tree toppers you've seen in pictures of old Christmas trees or want a more modern look that can make decorating your Christmas tree fun.