I was at Menards today and I took a walk with the kids through the Christmas trees and decorations. The lights were dimmed and there was music playing in the background and fake snow on the floor. The trees were beautiful, of course, and it was fun. But there was one obsurdity that I don’t quite understand: an upside down Christmas tree (two of them to be exact). This is the second time I have seen such a thing and I still think it’s bizarre. It’s advertised to “Give you more space for presents.” But can that really be the only purpose? I wonder if there is more to it. Sheryl Karas, author of The Solstice Evergreen: The History, Folklore and Origins of the Christmas Tree, believes it’s purely a decorative thing, a way to better display ornaments so they don’t get lost in the foliage. But she suspects “there’s something sinister, almost bad, about it” because the shape of the tree is symbolic in that it points toward heaven.
The Christmas tree, topped with a star, is a central holiday decoration in the celebration of Jesus’ birth. From Christianity Magazine:
Trees are very important in Christian theology. The Bible begins with a tree (the tree of life in the Garden of Eden) and ends with a tree (the cross on which Jesus paid the price for our redemption).
Some have dismissed the display of Christmas trees as a pagan yuletide custom unfit for Christian usage. But evergreen trees are key in the biblical revelation of redemption and restoration.
… In fact, evergreens are biblical metaphors for reversal: they symbolize divine reversal from a state of accursedness and judgment to a state of blessedness and restoration.
Scriptures such as Isaiah 41:17-20, 55:10-13 and 60:13 name two to three species of evergreen trees as prophetic signs of God’s promise to reverse the curse over the land and usher in an age of blessing. The pine tree prefigured the cross (also referred to as a tree) as a symbol of redemption.
I say don’t mess with it! With so much effort this time of year to avoid Christ, something as bizarre as this seems to be a subtle attempt yet again to change the traditions of what still is a Christ-centered holiday. Whether you laugh at these trees when you see them (and you will see them) or not, I’d stay away from this hopefully short-lived fad.