Appalachia Christmas

Christmas Tree Toppers


Over the years I’ve used a star or an Angel for our Christmas tree topper. The Deer Hunter usually brings a tree back from his last hunting trip to Georgia, but this year the place where he usually gets the tree was closed down. About a week later he came toting one in from work. He increases our tree size every year, even though our house size doesn’t increase 🙂

The Deer Hunter trimmed the tree before bringing it inside, but once it was up I told him he was going to have to trim some more or I wouldn’t be able to put something on the top. He said for me not to worry about the top he had it covered.

The antlers were the perfect addition to the tree-they made it the prettiest tree we’ve ever had…except I say that every year so I’m sure next year’s tree will be even prettier.


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    Ken Roper
    December 18, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    That 8 pointer looks like my 7 pointer I got back in ’68 when my oldest girl was only 3 weeks old.
    I got him off Rainbow Road on Tincup Ridge overlooking Roaring Fork on the left side. The other
    side overlooks Tate Cove. I had a ’59 Fiat and it had only 42 H.P. It was dark before me and my
    buddies got that Big succer home. I have him Mounted. That booger only cost me $45.00 and it
    was the second one he’d done. I was down in a holler and got him off the top of a Ridge. He stopped in the only clearing there was. I didn’t aim at his neck, he had a big chest and that .303
    British Army Rifle that I had cut-down and had Smokey Mountain V sights put on in Atlanta was
    deadly. …Ken

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    Sherry Whitaker
    December 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Oh I cannot wait to show that tree topper to one of my son-in-laws. He will love tbat! Very creative, Tipper and special.

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    Ed Ammons
    December 18, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Missy brought me a little foot tall Christmas tree this morning. I had told her I didn’t want to decorate but she did anyway. This past Sunday she went and put Christmas flowers on her mother’s grave. This Christmas is tough on Missy because she and her mother always went whole hog from Halloween through New Years. She is on her own this year. If you are so inclined, please include her in your prayers. Just call her Missy. God will know who you are talking about.

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      aw griff
      December 18, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      ED. Yes God will know. Will remember her and you too.
      Larry Griffith

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    December 18, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I like the antler idea. Beautiful tree.

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    aw griff
    December 18, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Never seen that before. Nice 8 point rack. My wife puts up the same angel each year.
    When I was stationed at Ft. Knox the Army gave all soldiers and family an area to cut your own Christmas tree. I’ve never seen such butchery of trees. People were climbing big trees and cutting out the tops. Well, my wife and I finally found us the perfect size tree. When we got it to the house it wouldn’t fit through the door. Had to trim the sides and take off over 2 ft. to fit inside.

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    December 18, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Yes that is a guy thing Tipper. Looks good. I have to show that to my husband. Remember our church in your all your prayers. Our Revival stated last night, already 1 saved. I told her, welcome to the family. God Bless!

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    December 18, 2018 at 9:34 am

    My brother-in-law came out of the woods empty handed, except for two sets of antlers he found. I told him to go home and put them on his Christmas tree. That was a joke because I knew my sister would never allow them on her tree. Just wait until they see how pretty the antlers look on your tree and maybe she will change her mind.

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    December 18, 2018 at 9:07 am

    The top of your tree looks beautiful, and I’ll bet the rest does, too! And it sure looks like a close fit 🙂
    For the past few years, my tree “topper” is a pretty realistic-looking porcupine hand-puppet the sits up in the top branch within reach of that terminal bud that porcupines love to chew up on live trees, thus ruining the future growth of timber conifers. You won’t believe this, but so far NOT ONE person who has seen my Christmas trees has gotten the joke! I need to invite more foresters over.

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    Miss Cindy
    December 18, 2018 at 8:47 am

    It’s a beautiful tree and a unique topper….only the Deer Hunter!!!

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    December 18, 2018 at 8:43 am

    So unique! It works beautifully!

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    Ann Applegarth
    December 18, 2018 at 8:41 am


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    December 18, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Very Cool!

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    Rick Shepherd
    December 18, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Thumbs up on your beautiful tree, Tipper!…..Merry Christmas!

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    December 18, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Love the picture! It seems the Deer Hunter is ever bit as resourceful as you, Tipper.

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    Gayle Larson
    December 18, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Love the topper. Ingenious. Only a man would think of that. I did put a small set in a tree once and told the the kids they belonged to Rudolph and he wanted them back after Christmas. Hope your Christmas is Merry.

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    Ron Stephens
    December 18, 2018 at 7:46 am

    That is certainly different.

    I had to smile when I read “toting in”. That is so familiar. But is it an Appalachianism or not? Your use of ‘tote’ to mean ‘carry’ is the most common I think. But I recall it also being used to mean ‘added up’ or ‘summed’ (such as on a paper poke at the jot’em down store). However, I have a vague memory of the term ‘tote road’. I think that is northeastern US?

    I had to smile to about the increasing tree size and the tree too tall for the house. I think that is a guy thing. Somehow trees outside just do not seem so big. We can always plead that we expected to have to trim to fit.

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