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Try this decorating cheat for the perfect Christmas tree toppers

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We’ve all been there – the Christmas tree is decked out in all its weapons, only the one topped with glory. But when you go to the treetop spot you’ve chosen for the year, it’s not the guiding star you had imagined.

Over the years as an in-house journalist, I’ve designed dozens and dozens of Christmas trees—real and fake, budget and expensive (sometimes quite shocking), but the top of the tree is always problematic. For more dramatic tree toppers, these branches aren’t up to the task, which means they’ll bend over and you’ll get a somewhat shrunken Christmas tree. It’s a term I coin “topper flop,” and it’s probably the most frustrating thing that can happen when decorating your tree.