The fairy at the top of the Christmas tree was originally a little figure of the baby Jesus. In late seventeenth century Germany, this became a shining angel. Windsor Castle’s Christmas trees were topped by a large angel. In Victorian Britain, little girls would take the angel down after Christmas and dress him in dolls’ clothes. Eventually, the angel turned into a thoroughly female fairy, complete with wand. The transformation was boosted by the pantomimes that became popular in the Victorian era and, naturally, included a good fairy in the cast. – Courtesy of TheSacredHeart.com.


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