At Christmas time, many people enjoy trimming their homes with various fun and trendy decorations. A popular choice is to flip the Christmas tree and display it upside down with the tip pointing downward and the trunk facing upward. The upside down tree may be suspended from a bracket mounted on the ceiling, attached to the wall, or placed in a sturdy floor stand.
The upside down Christmas tree first appeared during the Middle Ages to represent the Christian spiritual Trinity. Some Europeans felt this was sacrilegious and later preferred the tree top to point towards heaven. Today upside down trees are popular with customers who desire more gift space under the tree. In addition, many families consider these trees to be safer because they keep most ornaments away from the grasp of young children and household pets.
Stores tend to quickly sell out of the artificial upside down trees. These trees can usually be found at a specialty Christmas-tree-shop. Prices vary from $300.00 to $500.00 depending on the tree’s features. These imitation trees may be purchased with or without lights or flocking. Additionally, a few upside down trees are available in halves but these are typically expensive and tricky to locate. However, some fans of upside down trees prefer to purchase a freshly cut Christmas tree. Real trees present additional installation challenges and difficulties on how to water the tree to keep it fresh.
When installing these upside down trees in the home, the ceiling must have a sturdy beam from which to suspend the weight of the tree. If placed in a floor stand, the trees must be cautiously balanced so they do not tip over.
Although these trees are popular with some, the majority of people still prefer the traditional upright Christmas tree to these trendy upside down trees.