Turn your Christmas traditions upside down

Looking for something different to add to your holiday decorations? Try hanging your Christmas tree upside down.

Inverted Christmas trees are trendy again this year

Looking for something different to add to your holiday decorations? Try hanging your Christmas tree upside down.

“It’s kind of a neat conversation piece,” says Judy Horn of Louisville. “It’s like a centerpiece over my table.”

Horn began displaying her tree upside down about six years ago after she saw the idea in a magazine. She says the space in her kitchen is limited so she thought hanging it upside down would give her more space to decorate the area.

“I just thought it would be neat to do,” Horn says. “We always have a large live tree too — I just love the smell of pine in the house.”

Horn uses a regular artificial tree that she converted to hang upside down by putting a wooden block base on the bottom of the tree and screwing an eye hook into the wood. She can then hang it from a hook on the ceiling.

She uses battery-operated lights and decorates with a gingerbread theme.

Not everyone gets it, Horn says.

“There’s all kinds of pros and cons — some people say, “I don’t get it,” she says. “But it’s just fun…we have fun with it.”

You might be hard-pressed to find the novelty item sold in Stark County stores. The trees are sometimes sold with a weighted stand at the bottom. Others come equipped to hang from the celing or corner.

Managers at several local retailer say they usually don’t carry upside-down trees in the store. They are readily available online at retailers such as Home Depot, Lowes and Sam’s Club as well as many Christmas sites.

HISTORY OF UPSIDE-DOWN CHRISTMAS TREES

Although upside-down trees are currently being advertised as novelty items, they actually have quite a long history. In the Middle Ages, it was common for Europeans to hang their Christmas trees upside down. The upside-down tree was said to represent the Holy Trinity. Upside-down Christmas trees gradually fell out of favor after the 1600s. Demand only began to increase in the late 1990s, after upscale retailers started using the unusual trees as part of their holiday displays in an effort to preserve more floor space for Christmas merchandise. Customers liked the look so well that they started asking how they could purchase upside-down trees for their own homes. However, the upside-down Christmas tree does have its critics. Although the idea is was started for religious reasons, some conservative Christians still feel it is disrespectful, since a Christmas tree is traditionally shaped with the tip pointing to heaven.

ADVANTAGES OF AN UPSIDE-DOWN TREE

 There’s more room to display Christmas gifts.This can be a serious asset if you’re giving a computer, a new television or other large items.

It showcases your ornaments. If you have a large collection of Hallmark Christmas ornaments or other special keepsakes, an upside-down Christmas tree is an excellent choice.

 They’re great for families with pets or small children. With an upsidedown tree, most of your breakable glass ornaments can be kept safely out of reach.

 The tree takes up less space than a traditional Christmas tree, making it a practical choice for anyone who lives in an apartment or is lacking the floor space for a full holiday display.

 It’s a great conversation piece. Since upside-down Christmas trees are still a relatively new trend, your tree is guaranteed to be the talk of your holiday party.

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Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass