Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wait just a minute... Upside Down Christmas Trees?

Over this past weekend, I took a lovely walk through my neighborhood to check out the festive Christmas decorations. For me, this time of year awakens a feeling of warmth, family, and tradition. In my travels, I was a little taken a back to see my neighbor setting up his beautiful Christmas tree, upside down. Stay with me here... It’s not April Fools. Now, upside down Christmas trees look a bit surprising (to say the least) but it seems that they might actually be the real deal. With a little research, I found out that this tradition may actually go back way further than the upside right ones! Apparently, when the tradition was first established, people wanted it to be obvious that the tree was not some trivial floral decor idea. To give it more meaning, they had to hang it upside down... of course! Ok, that's my slightly skewed, super-duper abridged version of the story {you're welcome!} but if you're interested in the real story you can go here to read more! And if you are really feeling adventurous this year, go here for a complete "how to" guide for hanging your own tree upside down.

Tampines One Mall, Singapore.

Traditional Trinity of Fir Branches.

St. Peter's Rectory.




Whether or not you’re into the idea yourself, the fact is that it seems to becoming a fast growing trend. And trends catch on pretty quickly. Come to find out that nearly any tree shop will sell upside down artificial Christmas trees. White upside down Christmas trees, pink ones, plastic ones, or even real ones. No joke. You can call yourself a traditionalist, but if the real tradition is in the upside down tree…

Then where have I been?

9 comments:

  1. I think I'll pass on this trend, but it is kind of fun.

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  2. I have never seen this before-kinda cool and weird!
    Lilac and Grey

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  3. Very strange - never have seen this before. The second picture is cool, though.

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  4. i love the second photo. i'm guessing my tree will be right side up. loved the post!

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  5. I actually saw this featured in Genevieve Gorder's apartment on a holiday episode of her HGTV show...It defies the laws of physics!

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  6. That is crazy! who knew? (and where have I been as well!) :)

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  7. OK, OK. Your next post should be about how I need to approach this with my wife so I can have one of these next year.

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  8. I don't think the tree should be hung upside down. I didn't like it the first time I seen it with Halloween decorations on it. I sure don't like it now!

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