Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plain. . .
Susan here, wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy, great New Year, in hopes we are all headed into a much better year at last. Of all the Christmas ornaments we bring out in our house each year, I love the angels the most—from the angel that tops the tree each year to a growing assortment of angels, glittery, lovely, delicate and whimsical. For several years now, that’s all that goes on our tree—angels, along with stars, snowflakes, pearls, and white lights.
Angels at Christmastime are reminders of the angels who appeared to shepherds in the fields outside long-ago Bethlehem to point out the star overhead and a birth in a stable. Those angels, we are told, awed, startled, and probably terrified the shepherds with their magnificence. Today, the angels who gaze down at us from Christmas trees and displays are benign and lovely, but somehow magical nonetheless.
– Christina Rossetti
Angels were part of the original nativity event, bringing the news to Mary, informing Joseph in dreams, appearing to the shepherds, and singing the news in heavenly choruses, so we are told. They are mentioned earlier still, in the Old Testament and Talmud as guides and messengers, and before that in Mesopotamian and Egyptian texts and images. Timeless, beautiful, spiritual entities, sometimes cherubic and adorable, or magnificent and awe-inspiring, or whimsical, quirky, homespun, and on and on, angels are a special part of Yuletide.
Here are some Christmas angels to brighten up the Yuletide season!
Christmas is truly the season of angels — and for centuries, the presence of angels has helped keep the spirit, spark, and magic of the holiday alive in millions of homes worldwide. Wishing you all the magic of the season – and a happy new year!