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The act of decorating a tree for the holidays predates even Christianity itself. Its origins trace back to ancient Rome, where citizens would trim trees with bits of metal during the winter festival in celebration of Saturnus, the god of agriculture. As Christianity tried to bring other cultures into the fold throughout history, some pagan practices evolved into new traditions. And as the world began to rapidly globalize in the 18th century, Hessian soldiers in the Revolutionary War brought the German practice of tree-trimming to American soldiers.
Setting the table for Christmas dinner and trimming the tree with ornaments are some of the merriest activities of the holiday season. Ornaments are an excellent vehicle for creativity, adding a personalized touch to your tree, and spending time with the family. One of the hardest decorations to source, however, is the tree topper. From the unique and creative to the fun and playful, we've gathered some of the best Christmas tree toppers that are sure to become heirlooms passed on to future generations.