Christmas folklore: why we put an angel on top of the tree

Christmas,folklore,angel,tree,Santa,humor,jokes,hilarious,Suzan St Maur

Do you know why the angel got stuck with being on top of the Christmas tree?

Have you ever wondered why so many people place an angel on top of their Christmas trees? Well, here’s why. And to think we never knew…

One particular Christmas season a long time ago, Santa was getting ready for his annual trip … but there were problems everywhere.

Four of his elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones so Santa was feeling the pressure of being behind schedule.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her Mom was coming to visit. This stressed Santa even more.  When he asked “why?” Mrs Claus told him she was pregnant. Santa’s blood pressure headed north and his spirits headed south.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where. Two more had gone lame.

More stress. Then when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards cracked open and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys.

So, highly frustrated, Santa went into the house for a cup of coffee and a shot of whisky. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered that the elves had hidden the whisky and there was nothing to drink.

In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the coffee pot and it broke into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found that mice had eaten the straw it was made from.

Just then the doorbell rang and Santa swore on his way to the door. He then opened the door and there was a little angel standing there with a great big Christmas tree in her arms.

The angel said, very cheerfully, “Merry Christmas Santa. Isn’t it just a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Isn’t it just a lovely tree? Where would you like me to stick it?”

And thus began the tradition of having an angel on top of the Christmas tree.

What’s your favorite Christmas joke? Please share!

photo credit: jayneandd via photopin cc





  1. Ha ha, brilliant. We always have a star and never had an angel on the top. Maybe I subconsciously knew about this story and felt sorry for the angel 🙂

  2. LOL a lot 😉 Merry Christmas Suze 😉

Leave a Reply to Angelika Davey Cancel reply