The Upside Down Christmas Tree: Here’s What It Means

Ladies and gentlemen we present to you, the upside-down Christmas tree:

Think of it however you want, but expect to see these more often at hotel lobbies and local malls.

Photos and videos of this kooky version of the holiday tree are all over Twitter lately because how else would the news of this odd trend spread?

People all over are flipping over this flipped Christmas decor trend—and surprisingly, in a good way.

There is no need to be confused about this new style, it’s just a new take on the Christmas tree. With the holiday only happening once every year, why not take the risk and chuck tradition up on its head, right?

And we mean that quite literally.

People have added their own touches to the trend. Some have gone the minimalist route…

…While some went all-out crazy because really, there are no rules to how you can decorate your own tree.

Decorators argue that turning the Christmas tree upside-down is actually a space-saving move. Since the widest area of the tree occupies the ceiling, it frees up space at the bottom, which only means one thing…

…More prime real estate for bigger presents this year!

A savvy decorator would also note that flipping the tree upside-down flaunts your traditional ornaments a lot better. Without the bottom branches, your ornaments can freely dangle.

These topsy-turvy trees are on sale ranging from $250 to a whopping $1,000 like this one from Target.

As it turns out though, this isn’t a new thing.

We did a little research to uncover the meaning behind the upside down Christmas tree phenomenon. It turns out that trees hung upside-down is actually an old tradition dating back to 15th century Europe.

An article from The Spruce states, “In days gone by, and to some extent today, Poles in southern Poland, Silesia, Podhale, Saçz region, and Kraków—hung a spruce tree upside down from the ceiling in a central position of the home and decorated doorways and walls with separate boughs of the same tree.”

This style is more of a nod to the old form of Christmas trees, where Middle Age Eastern European Christians believed that it represents the Trinity and Christ crucified.

Now that the meaning behind the upside down Christmas tree is more clear, we can appreciate what a fascinating sight it is to behold. It carries years and years of tradition and at the same time provides a neat solution to save space.

Now who doesn’t want that?