Mary Robinette Koval admits Why, yes. That IS a Hugo atop my Christmas Tree then asks:
What? You wouldn’t do this?
Sure, by all means help yourself. It’s your Hugo. It’s your tree. And as you say, the illusion is only a clever bit of engineering. But so was the Erecthheum! Dare I say the image brings to mind what Jubal Harshaw said about Rodin’s Fallen Caryatid Carrying Her Stone?
Just kidding. I agree it’s a great idea to combine Hugos with the spirit of the Christmas season. Here’s how Diana has been doing it at our house for years (photo from 2009.) We started this tradition because she came from a family that never put a topper on the tree, while mine always did. So here is our compromise — put the toppers on the Hugos!
[Thanks to Brad Foster for the story.]