I was looking at our little Christmas tree this morning, and it was leaning a little bit to one side, like a puppy cocking its head. It looked a bit lonely and- darn it- I’d like to make it merry just in time for Christmas.
When my kingpin bought the tree in Divisoria, he got the lights, the ornaments, and the ribbon for free, all for a total of P400 (US$9) -a real steal for a quick rush of that Christmas spirit. That’s why I always ask him to buy things like these because he seems to have that kind of persuasive charm with the vendors- something that I’m just lacking. And yup, he almost got everything…except for the tree topper.
What is a tree topper? Well, it’s literally what you put on top of a tree, usually on a faithful holiday like Christmas. It can be a star, an angel, a bow, or another kind of ornament that has a special meaning to those who reside in the home.
To Catholics and Christians, the star reminds us of the star of Bethlehem, while an angel symbolizes the angel of the Lord from the Nativity. While the angel reflects our hope for protection, I also like topping our tree with a star, to symbolize our wish for light and guidance in our lives.
I remember when I was a kid, we had this beautiful golden star which we brought out every Christmas for the tallest tree I’ve ever seen (at least it seemed taller to me back then). I don’t know where that star is anymore, and I doubt if I can find one that doesn’t cost the entire amount of the tree we bought.
I promised myself I’ll save up for a bigger tree and a beautiful golden star next Christmas, but for now, I needed a quick-fix for our merry little three-feet-tall budget tree.
It's better if you can use an aluminum sheet (or cut it out from a disposable baking pan), but if you don't have something like that, a very nice piece of stiff cardboard will do.
In my case, I found an old greeting card, the size of a regular notebook. The print was lovely too, so I decided to use it. (I don’t smoke, in case you’re wondering. This one's meant for my brother.)
Make a pattern of a star. No, you don't need to download one; it doesn't have to be perfect, just sort of eyeball it. Make sure the lines are straight though, so use a ruler.
Cut it out to look like this. See the stem and the base? That will hold the star in place on top of your tree. You can cut the stem taller, shorter, thinner, thicker, or any way you decide. You can even create a scalloped base.
Now find the middle of the star by lining all the points together. I didn't do so well with this, but what the heck. When you line (with a pencil or a pen), make sure that you're lining the back of the star and that you push it hard enough to leave a dent or mark on the front. This makes it easier for you to fold each arm of the star by pinching the sides together. This gives the star a 3-dimensional effect.
Now make the ends of the base meet each other and secure it with a tape.
May the star of the Lord make you feel His holy presence. May it light your way and shower you with blessings all throughout the coming year.
Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!