Upside Down Christmas Trees

Upside Down Christmas Trees

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Regina Yunghans
Dec 4, 2007

A few years ago, our small design studio created an upside-down Christmas tree to jazz up the space for the holidays. People would stop in from the street to look at it and chat about it with us. It was a real hit. Now we see upside down trees popping up pretty commonly, like this 7' version from Hammacher Schlemmer...

Is it sacrilegious? Well, according to About.com, hanging fir trees upside down goes back to the Middle Ages, when Europeans did it to represent the Trinity.

How does this apply to the AT community? Well, an upside-down tree leaves more floorspace at its base. The inversion could actually help small apartment dwellers to squeeze the holiday tradition into their spaces. We think hanging one from the ceiling is the way to go: positioning it on a base would make the tree wobbly! Anyone have experience with turning a tree upside down?

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