At one time, an angel was the essential, but not the key essential, to the Christmas crib that would sit on a side table or window ledge.
And then, angel number two would be delegated to the top of the Christmas tree; this was just not any old angel, it would not have gauzey wings, a lacy frou frou or, horror of horrors, a wand in its hand.
|Not quite my mental image|
of Archangel Gabriel
|Can little girls be angels?|
Don't answer that
There are even Smurf angels, Muppet ones, Snow White and the Seven Dwarf Angels - but no Heavenly messenger ones.
So please, do not tell me that I should be making my own, my very own traditional angel. Life is getting rather too short for that; not that I haven't considered it and speculated on what effect one could achieve with an old fashioned clothes peg and some silver wire.
But I know my limitations.
This year, the Christmas tree may have to be crowned with a star - at least that motif cannot be altered.
Or, can it?