We (and by “we” I mean the general public in today’s like-thirsty world) cannot seem to leave well enough alone. People have now taken a simple holiday tradition—namely, that of bringing a live tree into the home for a month or so—and flipped it on its head (literally!) with upside down Christmas trees. Insert Stranger Things joke here.
The trend appears to have begun at Claridge’s, a luxury hotel in Mayfair, London, which turned to Karl Lagerfeld for help designing its 2017 holiday vibe. The resulting display is being referred to as a “silver stalactite,” according to Metro, and we can totally see why. With those silver roots and the drippings of sparkles, this masterpiece looks like it could be hanging deep in a cave—a ridiculously glam cave, that is.
After spotting the trend on various Instagram feeds, stores have started coming out with shoppable options for their more avant-garde consumers. According to a Pew Research Center study, eight in ten Americans say they are planning on putting up a Christmas tree this year. Who knows how many of those people are seeking upside-down trees, but if you’re one of them, know this before you rush to Walmart or Amazon: finding one for less than $300 is proving to be a difficult task. Some, like this one from Target, are going for nearly $1000.
I have a lot of questions. Why is Target selling an upside down Christmas tree? Why is it nearly $1000? Is this a Stranger Things joke that I’m missing? Someone help. pic.twitter.com/ZA33y1WKyC
If you have a house with kids, a cat or a dog, the appeal of an upside-down Christmas tree makes perfect sense. Besides, you can see the ornaments better! pic.twitter.com/R2jtpeD744
— The Mominatrixx (@TheMominatrixx) November 25, 2017