To be honest with you, I'm not really sure what's going on. First of all, there is such a thing as upside-down Christmas trees. Okay, I guess I can live with that. Confused, but acceptable. While I'm digesting that little nugget of information, I stumble upon the next one about these topsy-turvy trees: they're selling for $1,000. Wait, what?
Christmas is all about holiday traditions. Going to the Christmas tree lot (or, cutting down your own tree, if that's your thing). The ceremony of placing the Christmas decorations and ornaments while lighting the tree for the first time. The pile of gifts that grows larger as the big day approaches. All those Christmas cookies you enjoy sitting by its side.
All taking place under a traditional, right-side up Christmas tree. So who would think to buy an upside-down Christmas tree in a triangular shape? Is this an old tradition we're missing?
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. pic.twitter.com/ZA33y1WKyC
— ʝєииα✨ (@schaferwafer) November 21, 2017
Apparently, lots of people. Department stores around the country are flipping tradition on its head, and consumers are buying these upside-down artificial trees. Upside-down Christmas trees are for sale at all the big outlets: Walmart, Home Depot, Kohls, Target, even Bed Bath & Beyond. Some stores are reporting they're sold out! While most are in the $150 range, some are listed for as much as $1,000. I'm not sure what could possibly make them so expensive, except that this fad is big.
Hotels around the country, including Hotel Del Coronado in California and the high-end Claridge's in London, are showcasing upside-down Christmas trees, especially the spruce variety for their holiday décor. Malls like the Westfield San Francisco Centre are doing the same. Between the department stores, malls, and hotels this has become the hottest holiday trend this year. Which brings us to an all-important question: where did this trend start? How did it stray from traditional Christmas trees?
Apparently, this is nothing new.
— Terri (@SweetT_Terri) November 28, 2017
While some blame Stranger Things for introducing the "Upside Down" world, others say that upside-down Christmas trees aren't a new trend. Back in 2005, NPR reported that retailers have been using this trick for years to showcase ornaments. They claim it makes the tree dressings more "eye-catching" and creates better sales.
Apparently, it goes back even further than that. This could possibly be an old European tradition where the upside-down tree was used as a religious symbol to represent the Holy Trinity in Christianity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Found in 7th century and 12th century Germany and Poland, this Christmas Eve tradition dates back longer than we think.
Traditional or Disrespectful?
Many find the upside-down Christmas tree trend to be disrespectful, but when you consider its religious roots, it might not be so incorrect, after all. How do you feel about this tradition? Let us know in the comments!