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Old Dec 21, '08, 9:10 am
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What do you top your Christmas tree with?

I have a star but used to use an angel for years. Now I'm wondering about putting a star of David on it. Mostly we see the five pointed ones but really Jesus was Jewish so why not the Star of David?
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Old Dec 21, '08, 10:18 am
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I grew up with an angel tree topper and was very disappointed when I looked for decorations for our first Christmas tree that I had to settle for a star -- nar' an angel to be found. In 1984 I found a lovely angel at a drugstore. It's been my topper since. DD and SIL made their own angel their first Christmas together.

A star of David? Why not? If we can use one on the Jesse tree, I think it's perfectly appropriate for the Christmas tree.
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Old Dec 21, '08, 8:54 pm
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Some type of angel.

1st ornament - We had a plastic white, 5-pointed sparkly (gold colored sparkles) textured star (definately from the 70s!) with a cone at the bottom to put over the tree, and a small angel holding a banner was glued to the front. This angel fell off and now resides on the top of the manger (there's a nail holding pieces together, and the angel "hangs" from that). It looked like this ornament, but white.

2nd ornament - It was a styrofoam star with sparkles that I had made in my old church's Advent crafts workshops after church. We had stuck the said angel to that ornament.

3rd ornament - I think we had some white angel for a year or two before my aunt gave us the one mentioned below.

4th ornament - My aunt had given us a large "Spanish Angel", which we have been using ever since.
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Old Dec 22, '08, 7:26 am
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There is a star that has been used on Chistmas trees ever since my second Christmas (over half a century now), my youngest DD is currently using and looking after it as she has a daughter of her own now.

As I am working in a different country I am using a star I made for my husband's last Christmas with us (not that we knew that at the time). We were on a touring holiday for 5 weeks over Christmas and had to 'make do' for a tree that year. A branch from tree, bits of coloured paper, a piece of star shaped cardboard covered in tin-foil.

I guess always a star!!
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Old Dec 22, '08, 8:39 am
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Fond memories of a star when I was young looked something like this.

http://www.imagitek.com/xmas/images/silky.jpg

But much nicer. I think a star should look like the star above the manger. We have had angels, but it is not the same.

I have nothing against the Jewish culture, but the Star of David is a Jewish symbol. It just doesn't seem right for display on my tree IMHO.
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Old Dec 23, '08, 9:22 pm
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My family has a hollow terracotta statue of St. Francis of Assisi that always tops our tree.

Don't know what I would put on my own (I don't generally get one.)

I don't think I could go with a typical angel or star, but I'm afraid that St. Francis statue is one of a kind.

(Incidentally, St. Francis is an appropriate Christmas figure, as he's credited with starting the tradition of putting out Nativity scenes.)
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Old Dec 24, '08, 6:50 am
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Fond memories of a star when I was young looked something like this.

http://www.imagitek.com/xmas/images/silky.jpg

But much nicer. I think a star should look like the star above the manger. We have had angels, but it is not the same.

I have nothing against the Jewish culture, but the Star of David is a Jewish symbol. It just doesn't seem right for display on my tree IMHO.
I had forgotten about that star it is a nice one I will look for one.
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Old Dec 24, '08, 6:53 am
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My family has a hollow terracotta statue of St. Francis of Assisi that always tops our tree.

Don't know what I would put on my own (I don't generally get one.)

I don't think I could go with a typical angel or star, but I'm afraid that St. Francis statue is one of a kind.

(Incidentally, St. Francis is an appropriate Christmas figure, as he's credited with starting the tradition of putting out Nativity scenes.)
I didn't know that about St. Francis, and I can understand as St. Francis cared about animals.I made a nativity years ago I would like to put the star of David over my nativity so I think I can make one as it is hard to find one in the stores.
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Old Dec 24, '08, 10:00 am
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Here is a site for the twelve days of Christmas I received from a friend. Hope it works as it is a paste thing.
http://www.catholicculture.org/cultu...tmas_days1.cfm

Since it has a Christmas tree and concerns our twelve days after Christmas thought it would be interesting. I suppose I should have started another thread on it.
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I have nothing against the Jewish culture, but the Star of David is a Jewish symbol. It just doesn't seem right for display on my tree IMHO.
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The lights on the tree remind me that Christ is the Light of the world.

When my mother was a young girl, they had a star at the top of their tree. It was made of heavy aluminum foil. 1 light inside. It started to deteriorate when I was in high school...God love her, she would staple and tape that thing every year!

I took Metal Shop classes in h.s. I took her star in one year, and cut a pattern from one of the points in tin plate. Made 5. Drilled out the holes from the original pattern, and pop-riveted the thing together. She was in tears when I brought it home!

Mom died 11 years ago. I inherited the star. We have colored lights all over the tree, but the star is white. Reminds me of the Star in Bethlehem.

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My Lord was a Jew.
So was mine.

I just prefer the new star. The star which signifies the birth of Christ.
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So was mine.

I just prefer the new star. The star which signifies the birth of Christ.
I am curious what Star signified the Birth of Christ? A real star doesn't really have four, five or six points. I don't think the star of Bethlehem looked much like any of the ones that we can buy. I tend to go with a star on top.
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A real star doesn't really have four, five or six points.

You got me there.

It is the star I associate with the star of Bethlehem.
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You can even see the cross in my star. To make a Christmas star, draw a cross. One long verticle line and a shorter horizontal line crossed. Draw a small X threw the middle of where the two lines meet. Connect the outer points.
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