I saved the tree topper for last. It was hard not to share it sooner, because I had it photographed from the very beginning, but I wanted to do things "right". The best for last. This is my most prized ornament on our tree. My mother used it when I was a kid. I'm sure she brought it from Europe. The topper has a small chip in its base, but no crack (amazingly enough). Each year I am concerned about jamming it on top of the tree-- some of our real trees have had pretty thick branches and I have been afraid to have the piece shatter. This is one ornament that could not be easily replaced with a quick search on ebay. This topper has crowned a tree for almost 50 Christmases. No small accomplishment.
Now don't stay up too late wrapping those last minute gifts!
Tomorrow is the big reveal. The Full Monty, as Patty so aptly put it.