why do people put christmas trees upside down
SCRIPTURE: Restore us again, O God of our salvationWill you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you? Surely his salvation is at handthat his glory may dwell in our land Psalm 85:4, 6, 9 (NRSV)
Although the upside down Christmas tree traces its roots back to the seventh century, it wasnt until a few years ago that I became aware of it in commercial sales. A simple Google search reveals that several major retailers, including Walmart, Target, and Home Depot, offer them to consumers. One can buy an upside down Christmas tree for less than $100 or one can choose to spend close to $1,000 for this unusual decoration. According to www. ChristianHistory. net, the upside down Christmas tree traces its history to Boniface, an English Benedictine monk who went to Germany to preach the Gospel.
Legend has it that he used the triangular shape of the Fir tree to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The converted people began to revere the Fir tree as Gods tree as they had previously revered the Oak. By the 12th century, it was being hung, upside down, from ceilings at Christmastime in Central Europe, as a symbol of Christianity. Words like salvation, restoration, revival, are prominent in Psalm 85. Gods mercy and goodness are celebrated as God responds to his people crying out to him. The lives of those who receive Gods forgiveness are turned upside down and there is a refreshed awareness of Gods salvation and glory. In the Old Testament, the terms glory and dwell conveyed the active involvement of God in the lives of his people. The book of Exodus speaks of the glory of the Lord filling the tabernacle.
But as strange as it must have seemed, the tabernacle designed for meeting God was the very place where even Moses found he could not draw near (Exodus 40:35). But in the person of Jesus Christ, God draws near to his people like never before. The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a fathers only son, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Or, as the Psalmist says, Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky (85:10-11). God is interested in turning us inside out and upside down so that every fiber of our being is transformed into the likeness of Gods Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, revive us again so that your people may rejoice in you. Tracy Jessup is vice president for Christian Life and Service and senior minister to the university at Gardner-Webb University. Christmas is one of the most special times of the whole year. A time for friends and family when we gather to give thanks, take stock of the year that s ending and prepare for the year to come. With so much going on, it s small wonder that we have so many traditions from different cultures and faiths surrounding this time of year. And new ones are beginning nearly every year - but an upside-down Christmas tree? PWho has ever heard of anything so ridiculous? Well, you may be surprised to hear that an upside-down Christmas tree is one of the hottest fads of the season.
But it s actually not so new! Hanging fir trees upside down goes back to the Middle Ages, when Europeans did it to represent the Trinity. 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. See Also: 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. has a version that sells for $399 and comes pre-lit. Hammacher Schlemmer 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, stood upside-down on a stand, or mounted tip-down on the wall.
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! Read more about upside-down and from About. com s site for. But as for me, count me out! I love the wonderful season and celebration of Christmas. I know some of the traditions have nothing to do with the birth of Christ. But I love the celebrations of love and family and giving. And I don t intend to turn them upside-down in my home! [ More Holiday Ideas
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