IT’S become a bit of a trend. Some people are hanging Christmas trees upside down this year, for a variety of reasons.
Some just think it’s funny. But others are doing it to make a point.
One is author Ann Voskamp, whose book “One Thousand Gifts: Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are”,sat on sit on the ”New York Times” bestseller list for more than 60 weeks.
Voskamp, a former greeting card writer, hung her Christmas tree upside down this year as a symbol of wrestling the true story of Christmas from the clutches of commercialism and consumerism.
Hanging fir trees upside down goes back to the Middle Ages, when Europeans did it to represent the Trinity.
Voskamp says: “we’ve hung an upside down Christmas tree. Because we want to have an upside down Christmas. Yep, an upside down Christmas Tree. We’re hanging the holiday upside down this year so real love falls out of our Christmas. So no one gets hanged by debt. Because we’re giving the whole Christmas season to Jesus and His upside down Kingdom, not just some tossed crusty edge of of it. Because we can feel it—how we’re done with the malls and missing Jesus.
“We are done with busy Christmases and brushing past Christ. We are done with over-stuffed Christmases, and we are desperate to give the gift of being overcome by Christ. You can get tired enough that you’re ready for a Christmas revolution. So for our family — we hung the Christmas tree upside down to be this visual that we want a Christmas revolution, a Christ-centered Christmas–a counter-culture, upside down Christmas.