It’s a ‘Winter of Whimsy!’ This year’s holiday theme decks our halls in all things bright, including a whimsical upside down lobby tree. pic.twitter.com/TwrifPMp2E— Hotel del Coronado (@delcoronado) November 22, 2017
The trees, which hang from the ceiling rather than resting on the floor, are disrupting the holiday spirit for many social media users, who haven’t been shy about expressing their opinions online.
“Upside down Christmas trees are ridiculous and I won’t stand for this nonsense,” one Twitter user wrote.
Upside down Christmas trees are ridiculous and I won’t stand for this nonsense pic.twitter.com/PWUCRgKKdM— Charlotte (@GizzaBevy) November 23, 2017
“An upside down Christmas tree is the dumbest thing ever,” another person wrote.
An upside down Christmas tree is the dumbest thing ever— tyler cooper (@tycoop4) November 25, 2017
Someone even stated that upside-down Christmas trees won’t become a part of their Christmas traditions.
I don’t like the upside down Christmas tree thing, my kids will not have one. That is all🎄🎄🎄— Dominique Penn (@DominiquePenn) November 26, 2017
One user couldn’t help but wonder if the trend was sparked by the Netflix hit show Stranger Things.
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— ʝєииα✨ (@schaferwafer) November 21, 2017
But before you get ready to write anyone who supports the trend on the naughty list, it’s important to note that it’s not entirely new. Upside-down Christmas trees actually trace back to the Middle Ages, where they were used in Central and Eastern Europe, The Spruce reports.
Along with throwing a new topsy-turvy twist to the Christmas season, these upside-down trees actually solve some serious problems. Not only do they take up less floor space, which means more territory for presents to be set out, but they also allow for the majority of ornaments to be kept out of the reach of children and pets.