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What’s Up with Upside-Down Christmas Trees?

Lauren Schotten, Senior Staff Writer

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Christmas is a time of year filled with religion, family, and tradition. Every year, new traditions and trends are formed. A surprising trend that has made an appearance in 2017 is the upside-down Christmas tree.  However, there is more history to this trend than many realize.

What is this new trend and how did it begin? Upside-down Christmas trees are just that. They’re Christmas trees that are either hung from the ceiling or attached to a base on the floor. And today, according to online sources, they can be purchased on stands for anywhere from $150.00 to $1500.00.  They are usually just like traditional Christmas trees, but fans claim that this placement shows off ornaments more dominantly. At first, many thought this trend was a joke, a nod to the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” but this trend has a much longer history.

According to online sources, the upside-down Christmas tree has roots in the 7th century, when St. Boniface traveled to Germany to preach the message of God. It is believed that while there, Boniface used the triangular fir tree to represent the Holy Trinity. This demonstration resulted in converts’ disposition to worship the triangular fir as God’s tree. By the 12th century, it had become custom to hang fir trees from ceilings to represent the Holy Trinity. Nowadays, the tip of the tree points upwards towards Heaven. However, it seems like upside-down trees are back.  So this trend honors religion, particularly Christianity, and is not a perversion of it as some may imagine, since this is the case when someone hangs a crucifix upside down.

Like so many holiday trends anymore, this one was initiated by retailers.  It began this year when stores would put one in their holiday window displays so that more purchasable ornaments could be seen at eye level by shoppers. Some people saw this new version of display, and liked it. So stores began selling trees upside-down, and before long, this practice became a trend. Some people choose to buy them on a stand so that they can stand on the floor like a normal tree, while others find creative ways to hang them from the ceiling for a chandelier look.

When this reporter asked some HHS students what they thought about this trend, there were mixed opinions. The most common thoughts are those of confusion.  Seniors Riley Maas and Maddie Baker gave their opinions. Riley stated, “It gives me anxiety. I feel like it’s going to fall over.”  Maddie said, “I just don’t really understand why people are doing it.” Contrastingly, Junior Emily King said, “I think it’s cool, but I feel like it’s dangerous because things can fall. I also feel as if it’s easier for people with pets.”

So as trends come and go, this one may disappear as well.  But since history repeats itself, whose to say we won’t see this trend come round again?

 

Sources: http://www.christmascarnivals.com/christmas-history/history-upside-down-christmas-tree.html

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/why-upside-down-christmas-trees-223308479.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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