Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Turn Christmas On Its Head


A rustic, lodge-type room with a fire and candles burning and a hanging, upside-down Christmas tree
My blog from last week on colored Christmas trees got me going on unusual things that can be done with yuletide designs, trees in particular. Which led
me immediately to the
A blue-decorated upside-down Christmas tree in the lobby of an elegant hotel with black and white flooring
Claridge's, London 2017
Upside-down Christmas tree decorated in white and shades of blueupside-down tree. This trend has reared its controversial head in our country in recent years, but it has been around for a while in Europe. It dates back to sometime in the Middle Ages, although exact dates are up for debate. At that time, its shape was seen as a way to represent Christ’s cross or the Holy Trinity. Interestingly enough, many people today believe that the pointy end of the tree points to Heaven, thus making this the proper placement for religious significance.

The upside-down display became popular in retail settings in the 19th century. It was seen as a great way to present ornaments at eye level and to free up floor space. Upside down trees are especially popular in hotels and retail spaces today for these same reasons.
An upside-down Christmas tree hanging in the stairwell of a home

Besides commercial properties, who is this for?
- Fans of Stranger Things on Netflix who are already comfortable with the Upside Down
 - Someone who is simply bored with the traditional
 - Apartment and other small-space dwellers
An upside-down Christmas tree on a red, pink and green stand with elf legs sticking out of the top - Parents with small children who want to keep those little hands off  the tree (you could even place a platform above the tree to put presents on)
A small Christmas tree decoration hung upside-down on a wall
Wall tree
 - Someone who needs plenty of room to put lots and lots of presents under the tree

 - People with mischeivious and/or naughty little pets
 - Someone who wants to get their friends and family talking
A Christmas decoration of a small white upside-down Christmas tree on a red background complimented by white candlesNot quite ready to commit to a full-on upside-down tree? Here are some options:
A tree design made from bare branches and glass balls- Hang a small artificial tree over a table for a centerpiece that leaves plenty of room for the food on the table.
- Cut a small tree in half, hang the pointy end and create a Christmas chandelier. Use the remaining branches as garland around the room.
 - Cut the very tip off a tree (or fashion one with wire and branches ) and hang it on a wall.
 - Create an abstract tree from whatever strikes your fancy.

Beautifully decorated upside-down Christmas tree standing between a white chair and a fireplace in a white paneled room

Upside down trees can be bought complete with a stand, so you can just place them on the floor, or you can hang them yourself (here are some pointers on that). Naturally, it will be easiest if you have an existing ceiling feature that can handle the
Upside-down presents!
weight. There is speculation that the reason the upside-down tree fell out of favor in the past is that plastered ceilings replaced rafters in most homes.

Unless you are working with an upside-down tree that sits on the floor, when decorating your tree the weight of your decorations should be carefully considered. Think ribbons, twinkly fairy lights, lightweight plastic and lots of tinsel.

Go big, go small, hang them from the ceiling, hang them on a wall – you are only limited by your creativity when it comes to upside-down Christmas trees.

Submitted by Pam

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