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Upside Down Christmas Trees

Posted by wordforit on December 6, 2007

upside-down-tree.jpgNo big surprise that one claims the upside down tree is pagan while others claim it is intended to exhibit the Holy Trinity. I’m not sure what to make of it but am not going to dwell on whether an upside down tree has sinister origins. Anything we allow to distract us from pure intentions has questionable influence.

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See more “upside down pics” and info here: funtimesguide.com

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I only found a few places offering background on the upside downness of the tree. One is:   ChristmasCarnivals.com

“Christmas is associated with many traditions, of which the Christmas Tree is an inherent part. The history of the upside down Christmas Tree has its roots in the 7th century. It is during this period that St Bonafice journeyed from Devonshire, England to Germany to preach the message of God. He engaged himself in religious as well as social work and spent a lot of his time in Thuringia, a town located in Germany itself, which is the birthplace of the industry dealing with Christmas Decorations.

It is believed that St Boniface, while staying in Thuringia, took the help of the triangular fir tree to represent the Holy Trinity made up of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. As a result, the converted people started to [consider] the Fir tree as God’s Tree. Then St Bonafice, using this triangular shaped tree tried to introduce to the pagan tribes the paragons of Trinity.

By the 12th century, it became a custom, especially in Europe to hang the Fir trees upside down from the ceilings to symbolize the Holy Trinity. The Upside down Christmas Trees was also considered the symbol of Christianity. However, the real history behind the hanging of the upside downTrees remains vague. Presently the trend of hanging a Christmas Tree has changed, because nowadays the tip of the Christmas Tree is made to point towards Heaven, as many think that an upside down Christmas tree is a sign of contempt.”

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St. Boniface~Wikipedia

St. Boniface~New Advent

St. Boniface~Eternal Word Television Network

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 Chronological History of Christmas Tree

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From: Pick your Own Christmas Tree.org

“The first national American Christmas Tree was lighted in the year 1923 on the White House lawn by President Calvin Coolidge. A tree from the National Christmas Tree Association has been displayed in the Blue Room of the White House since 1966. See  Christmas Trees at the White House.

After World War II, the Christmas tree again became popular!

The mid-1960’s saw another change. Sammy Davis Jr, and the Mod 60’s were booming, and plastic was everywhere. Silver aluminum trees became popular. The ‘Silver Pine’ tree, patented in the 1950’s, was designed to have a revolving light source under it, with coloured gelatine ‘windows, which allowed the light to shine in different shades as it revolved under the tree. No decorations were needed for this tree. Very “hip”!

For a decade by decade chronology of the Christmas Tree in America, click on the links below!

1840 1880 1920 1960 2000
1850 1890 1930 1970  
1860 1900 1940 1980  
1870 1910 1950 1990  

Other websites: Christmas in New York City

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