Friday, November 9, 2012

Our Family Christmas Tree

I wanted to take time to show you all our family Christmas tree. We wanted to start a new tradition this year by hanging our Christmas Tree upside down from the ceiling. Everyone has been asking me what the deal is with hanging it upside down. To me, it just seems like something unique to do but in all reality there really is true meaning behind this dating as far back as the 12th century. 

Some historians believed that hanging your Christmas tree upside down was really the more traditional and meaningful way to symbolize Christmas. As legend would have it, the Christmas tree was originally used to symbolize religious devotion by Christian missionaries that used the tree to explain the religious tenet of the Trinity; God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christmas trees were originally hung upside down to ensure that anyone who saw the tree would know it was not just a floral decoration. Eventually the original meaning was lost and people started turning the trees right side up which brought on the new tradition of the Christmas tree. 

So, there ya have it! There is real meaning behind the upside down Christmas tree. Pretty neat, huh? We are still working on getting the ornaments on the tree because it really is a job with a little 21 month old girl trying to help. 
FYI, if you're going to try and hang your tree from the ceiling, make sure you use really long, thick screws. You'll also want to use a stud finder so your tree's base screws snugly into the studs. 


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9 comments:

  1. I have seen that before and I think it is really cool. I love your pictures. It is really nice your husband put it up for you-my husband would think I was crazy if I wanted to do that.

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  2. LMAO that is cool! And look more room to put the presents :O)

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  3. Very interesting. Never seen a tree upside down before.

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