My great friend Sabina recently sent me this photo and the note below:
Hi Valorie, This is the Christmas tree I did for Monica last weekend as a surprise for when they came home. She has a 6 month old kitten who is a FIEND, so we made jokes about hanging the tree from the ceiling out of reach. Monica had joked about a white tree (flocked!) so that's what she got (not flocked but only $10 at RiteAid and nice). I wrapped a square pole in Christmas paper to hang it from. The ribbon was from Costco ($8) and I used her ornaments. It's so cute, I hope you can open these pictures. BTW, as soon as I opened the box Elliot, aka the Fiend, was messing with the tree... he's so predictable, but he can't reach it now. Ha ha ha! XO-Sabina
I love the way Sabina used the paper wrapped piece of wood perched on across the top of the window casements. It seems much easier than using brackets or hooks. And her tree is very cute!
Sabina is a great depository of all things New Orleans. She knows everything about the city she loves (and misses) so much. She once told me that it is a custom in New Orleans to reverse your Christmas tree (after Christmas) and leave it up through Carnival until Mardi Gras.
Hanging fir trees upside down goes back to the Middle Ages, when Europeans did it to represent the Trinity, the top being the Father, and the two sides the Son and Holy Ghost. But now, Christmas trees are shaped with the tip pointing to heaven, and some think an upside-down Christmas tree is disrespectful or sacrilegious.
The trees were recently introduced to retailers for in-store displays, so more ornaments could be displayed at eye level to the buying public. And they left more floor space to hold extra stock of decorations.
But the upside-down Christmas trees have caught on, and are being sold to the public as a novelty piece. Target.com has a version that sells for $399 and comes pre-lit. Hammacher Schlemmer’s website has not been able to stay in stock.
Upside-down Christmas trees are either hung from a bracket on the ceiling like a chandelier, or mounted tip-down on the wall, or some even come with a tree stand supporting the tip of the tree.
I like the way Sabina solved the problem of hanging her tree. No nails or screws, no brackets, no stress!
While you may not go for this idea in a big way, you might see a few of the benefits. If you have little children, you can keep most of the ornaments away from little hands. Cats and dogs won’t be racing around and knocking decorations off the base of your upside-down Christmas tree. And just think how many more packages you’ll be able to pile under the tree!