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POLL: Would You Buy An Upside Down Christmas Tree?

It started as a marketing gimmick, but the upside down Christmas tree has caught on for its space-saving properties.
upside down Christmas tree

"O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, Your Branches Hang Above Us" is how the song would have gone if the upside down Christmas tree had been invented in 19th century Germany instead of 1950s America.

That's right, we said upside down Christmas tree. While the inverted holiday decor was widely introduced several decades ago as a marketing gimmick so that customers could view Christmas decor without the tree itself taking up too much floor space, we mostly became aware of its existence last week when we found a sale on the trees at Home Depot. And apparently, the upside down trend has caught on because it saves space and keeps delicate decorations out of the way of children and pets.

That's all well and good we suppose, but how does one approach the display of an upside down tree? As it turns out, you can actually hang it from the ceiling, assuming you select a style that doesn't have a base built in at the bottom (which is technically the top of the tree, but we digress); this Kurt Adler 5-foot tree ($113.39 with pickup, a low by $1), for example, can sit on the floor, while this Vickerman 42" tree ($151.53 with $5.99 s&h, a low by $72) must be secured to the ceiling. Styles like the latter usually come with equipment to anchor the tree, but even if yours doesn't include such tools, you can brace it to the ceiling yourself. It goes without saying that fastening an entire tree to the ceiling is definitely a 2-person job.

Traditionally, a star or angel is placed at the top of the tree, but in this case, it would probably get lost up there amongst all the bushy branches. In the example above, the owners still fastened it to the tip, but we suggest just using star-shaped LED lights to string around the tree instead so you can still pay homage to tradition and make your tree "shine out brightly" at the same time. We also like the idea of decorating with items that dangle, but make sure you don't hang anything sharp at eye-level — an ill-placed icicle could be catastrophic.

Readers, what do you think? Would you ever buy and use an upside down Christmas tree? Do you have experience with this quirky holiday decor? If so, how have you decorated it? Take our poll and share your story in the comments section below.

Associate Travel Editor Emeritus

Paula Bradley has taught English in Japan and Italy, and she has written for several e-zines aimed at Westerners living abroad. She uses her experience across the six continents to inform her travel features at DealNews.
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Jean raymond0l
Not Christian,.... like turning the crucifix upside down for the antiChrist! Isnt that the reason for a tree of life representing the crucifix. If I'm all wrong, then why are we celebrating Christmass. OH! THAT'S RIGHT! no one knows what it means . Guess I'm just old-fashioned.
It's interesting to find on " remarks!" An I read down the list on the first 20 or so .not one mentioned any thing about Christianity or Christmas or the meaning of it. Secularism is good but not at the expense of ignoring people's values. let's not ignore people's values for the sake of our ignorance let's be respectful to all beliefs.
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@dealnews-pkerrigan That is awesome
Paula Bradley (DealNews)
This takes it to a "hole" new level: https://www.facebook.com/...9976035&type=1&theater
I'm 63, so I'm not a young man full of hormones, but the first thing that I think of when I see an inverted Christmas tree is a part of the female anatomy. And that STILL brings with it, a smile and lots of good cheer. LOL
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@Kyser_Soze WHAT?! That sounds pretty amazing. Maybe we need a followup: Would You Buy a Christmas T-Rex Skeleton?
What would it represent?
The only thing I could see that this would be a problem with is what this would represent and why would anybody want an upside-down tree to begin with let alone make one.
When I was a kid, a house a few blocks from mine had an 8 foot Christmas T Rex skeleton in the front room window. Now that I think about it, dead animal vs dead tree is not that weird.
Back in the '70s maybe, when I was a kid & though it was the coolest thing I had seen.
The Oracle (DealNews)
Pretty sure my black lab would just pull it down...
Growing up, getting the tree up always made my dad angry and I guess excited kids made it worse. I can only imagine how "wonderful" the extra work of getting it up on the ceiling would have made the season so much more joyful. I'll pass.
Jeff Somogyi (DealNews)
I've nailed my furniture to the ceiling, instead. I think I'm doing this upside-down xmas tree thing wrong?