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      Why would you buy a upsidedown Christmas Tree
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      Christmas is one of the most special times of the whole year. A time for friends and family when we gather to give thanks, take stock of the year that's ending and prepare for the year to come. With so much going on, it's small wonder that we have so many traditions from different cultures and faiths surrounding this time of year. And new ones are beginning nearly every year - but an upside-down Christmas tree? Who has ever heard of anything so ridiculous?

      Well, you may be surprised to hear that an upside-down Christmas tree is one of the hottest fads of the season. But it's actually not so new!

      Upside Down Christmas Tree History

      Hanging fir trees upside down goes back to the Middle Ages, when Europeans did it to represent the Trinity. But now, Christmas trees are shaped with the tip pointing to heaven, and some think an upside-down Christmas tree is disrespectful or sacrilegious.

      The trees were recently introduced to retailers for in-store displays, so more ornaments could be displayed at eye level to the buying public. And they left more floor space to hold extra stock of decorations.

      Upside Down Christmas Trees Today

      But the upside-down Christmas trees have caught on, and are being sold to the public as a novelty piece.
      Upside-down Christmas trees are either hung from a bracket on the ceiling like a chandelier, stood upside-down on a stand, or mounted tip-down on the wall.

      While you may not go for this idea in a big way, you might see a few of the benefits. If you have little children, you can keep most of the ornaments away from little hands. Cats and dogs won't be racing around and knocking decorations off the base of your upside-down Christmas tree. And just think how many more packages you'll be able to pile under the treeBut as for me, count me out! I love the wonderful season and celebration of Christmas. I know some of the traditions have nothing to do with the birth of Christ. But I love the celebrations of love and family and giving. And I don't intend to turn them upside-down in my home!



      If you've seen upside-down Christmas trees for sale in stores or through online vendors and thought they were modern, space-saving versions of traditional Christmas trees, think again. The tradition of hanging a Christmas tree upside down from the ceiling is an old one in Central and Eastern Europe.
      The first records of a tree being decorated date to the 1500s at Riga, Latvia. The early trees were a symbol of the Paradise Tree in the Garden of Eden and were decorated with food and flowers to denote abundance.


      Upside-down Christmas trees are common among many Slavic groups—Carpatho-Rusyns, Poles, Slovaks, and Ukrainians.
      Polish Upside-Down Christmas Tree Decorating

      In days gone by, and to some extent today, Poles in southern Poland—Silesia, Podhale, Sącz region and Kraków—hung a spruce tree upside down from the ceiling in a central position of the home and decorated doorways and walls with separate boughs of the same tree.
      These were variously called sad, podłaz or podłazniczek (pawd-wahz-NEE-chek). They were decorated with fruit, nuts, sweets wrapped in shiny paper, straw, ribbons, gold-painted pine cones, opłatki and decorations made of straw or colorful paper. They were often hung above the wigilia dinner table but not until Christmas Eve.
      In the Kraków region, the tree or choinka (ho-EEN-kah) was decorated with apples, nuts, pears, and gingerbread. Not until the day after Christmas could these treats be eaten by children and carolers.
      Setting Up an Upside-Down Tree

      Upside-down Christmas trees can be hung from a sturdy bracket on the ceiling or mounted tip-down on the wall.
      An upside-down tree offers a few benefits not available with its right-side up cousin. If you have small children, you can keep most of the ornaments away from their little hands.


      Pets aren't able to race around and knock decorations off the tree, and you'll be able to pile many more packages under the tree.
      Present-Day Polish Christmas Trees

      As Eastern Europe becomes increasingly Westernized, the custom of hanging Christmas trees upside down has given way to more traditional presentations. Even the brightly colored paper ornaments once gracing the boughs have given way to bedazzled globes and LED lights.
      How It All Began

      Legend has it that England's St. Boniface was furious when he saw pagans revering an oak tree in 7th-century Germany where he was teaching. He cut it down, but a fir tree sprang up on the same spot. Boniface used the triangular shape of this fir tree as a tool to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

      The pagans who had been converted to Christianity began to revere the fir tree as God's Trinity Tree. By the 12th century, it was being hung upside down from ceilings at Christmastime in Central and Eastern Europe as a symbol of Christianity and God the Son becoming a man because it resembled the shape of Christ being crucified
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      didnt know the reason or history but it looks funny to me. i will stick with traditional
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      Traditional way for me..lol

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      yeah I would have an updown tree just because it is different. but my wife would say no
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      I would go with one of those aluminum silver trees from the 60s with the rotating color wheel. Thats a badass xmas tree

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      A friend of mine just got one of these. They have the trees that are upside down from the floor and other models that actually hang from the ceiling. It's different and definitely interesting to see when you walk in his house. I'll be sticking with the traditional lol.
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