She was all a glitter and lights sparkled around her.
Everyone noticed her as they entered the room. Her long dress hung in soft folds and this year, she wore a wide ribbon of lace around her neck.
She was silent but her smile held steady.
She had spent most of the year in darkness, alone, but now she was the center of attention.
"Very pretty," remarked one of the guests.
"She has a secret," whispered the host. "She lost her head; it's quite a nasty scar. We're hoping the ribbon hides it."
From the treetop, the angel smiled perpetually.