are used to the usual Christmas tree displays that have the
tree standing upright, gleaming with lights and decorations
with presents piled beneath it.
for the past several years, upside
down Christmas trees have been making inroads in American
homes and apartments as a 21st century Christmas tradition.
some are outraged or perplexed by the newest trend in holiday
decorating, some historians suggest that hanging your Christmas
tree upside down is the more
traditional -- and perhaps more meaningful -- symbol of
to legend, the original Christmas tree was used as a symbol
of religious devotion by Christian missionaries who used the
evergreen to explain a basic religious tenet of the Trinity
- God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They were originally
hung upside down to make sure anyone who saw a tree in the
house knew it was not just a floral decoration.
Especially when hung in a corner,
an upside down Christmas tree
lends a graceful cascading effect.
12th century, the German people adopted the Fir Tree as "The
Tree of God".
As the original religious
meaning was lost over the years the trees began to be displayed upright, with candles and other ornaments as a Christmas decoration we know today.
historical record of an evergreen tree being decorated for
Christmas can be traced back to Germany in 1521. Later, when
German immigrants came to the Americas, they brought the tradition
of the Christmas tree along with them.
hanging the tree from your ceiling may not appeal to many
traditionalists, today it is definitely catching on, especially
in urban areas.
dwellers who are usually forced to rearrange the furniture
during the holidays are now quite happy to hang their tree
upside down - and leave the floor space available for holiday
Around the Web, discover how more people each year are following the trend and why an upside down Christmas tree is still a "thing" around the holidays....
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