It looks like Christmas is getting a little topsy-turvy this year. Case in point: the upside-down Christmas tree. Perhaps you've noticed them popping up all over Instagram lately?
From shopping malls to the homes of families across the country, this gravity-defying tree trend is seemingly everywhere. But what exactly are they, and how do they work?
Upside-down Christmas trees are pretty much just that: A pine or fur tree flipped upside down so the wider base is on top and the top is pointed at the floor. This trend first caught on when holiday window displays at major stores would put out upside-down Christmas trees so that more ornaments could be seen at eye-level by the public, according to TheSpruce.com.
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And, while it seems like these flipped pine trees have only recently become one of the hottest Christmas crazes, this inverted tree fad actually dates back further than you might think.
Turning a Christmas tree upside down first became a tradition in the Middle Ages when Eastern European Christians would flip them to represent the Trinity and Christ being crucified, according to TheSpruce.com.
Some people choose to buy these upside-down trees on a stand that can be set on the floor like any other, while others find creative ways to mount their trees from the ceiling for a chandelier-like look. (The latter style also saves precious floor space.)