What’s up with the upside-down Christmas tree trend?

  • Design
  • Tuesday, 05 Dec 2017

An upside-down Christmas tree on display in the lobby of the Hotel Del in Coronado, California. Photo: Reuters

The White House unveiled its Christmas decorations on Monday, everything designed around a traditional, classic theme. There wasn’t one trendy, upside-down Christmas tree in sight.

The topsy-turvy trees have made a comeback for yet another holiday season, and, like last year, people still seem bothered and bah-humbugged by them. If you haven’t seen one, they look like the one in the picture above.

This is the fancier, commercial version. There are also trees sold for everyman by Target and other retailers, including Bed Bath & Beyond.

“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,” notes The Spruce home decorating website.

The shape of the upside-down tree is regarded as a symbol of Christianity because it resembles the shape of the crucified Christ, writes The Spruce, though some people beg to differ and hate this tree on religious and political grounds.

From a purely decorative standpoint, an upside down Tannenbaum makes sense. It helps keep ornaments away from clumsy little kiddie hands and pets. And – is this not the best part? – there’s more room underneath for gifts.

But while decorators gush and pictures flood Instagram and Pinterest, some people seem unsure this is a trend they want to try.

“I have a lot of questions. Why is Target selling an upside down Christmas tree? Why is it nearly $1000? Is this a Stranger Things joke that I’m missing? Someone help,” pleaded Twitter user @schaferwafer.

Even former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski weighed in on this weighty decorating debate recently on Fox And Friends. He hates it.

Others are more willing to think outside the boxwood. And maybe, an upside-down tree is even better if it rotates? – Tribune News Services/The Kansas City Star/Lisa Gutierrez

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