The two most popular Christmas tree toppers are the angel and the star. The use of an angel as a tree topper dates back to the Victorian era and corresponded to the rise in popularity of Christmas trees in England.
The popular angel tree topper represents the angel Gabriel from the nativity story in the Bible. The star as a tree topper represents the Star of Bethlehem, the appearance of which heralded Jesus' birth. The star of Bethlehem was also responsible for leading the three magi to the birthplace of Jesus. Modern Christmas tree toppers may incorporate lights or motors that create moving toppers.