I do a lot of work for a very talented designer. Recently she said she had a Christmas decorating job for me. Although she is the designer she usually just tells me what she wants and I take it from there. In this instance she says "I want you to do an upside down Christmas tree." "Okay" says I. Then she says "And I want you to put it inside the chandelier." "Okay" says I. It is at this point I hear myself thinking "did I just tell her okay? for real? I just told her I was going to put a tree inside a chandelier???" Well the answer to all those questions was yes. So did I do it? Did I really put a tree inside a chandelier? Why yes, yes I did. Don't believe me? Well check this out:
So how did I get that done? Well I'll just be honest with ya, there was a whole lot of praying and a whole lot of cussing going on! But after several hours of wrestling and shoving and begging the Sweet Baby Jesus to help me I finally got it all in there!!! Speaking of the Sweet Baby Jesus, did you know that there is actually a Christian based reason for the upside down Christmas tree? Yep, there sure is. When I was doing research on upside down Christmas trees I found several sites explaining that back in the middle ages hanging a fir tree upside down was a Christian representation of the crucifixion of Christ and also of the Holy Trinity. It was believed the upside down triangular shape of the tree took on the shape of Jesus while hanging on the cross and became known as God's tree. Thought y'all might find that interesting.
Here are some close-ups 'cause I know y'all like them:
While the concept of putting the tree upside down in the chandelier was the designer's idea, she left picking out all of the ornaments and ribbon and other design elements of the tree up to me
I picked up this beautiful crystal garland at market in Atlanta last year and have been saving it for the perfect place to use it! Isn't it lovely draped at the top of this garland?
I did another wreath for the door. I had one more crystal garland piece that I had picked up at Market in Atlanta so I wrapped it around the wreath for door. Once again keeping things simple and elegant, with a bit of sparkle.
I had a few extra ornaments so I put them in these pretty little mirrored trays.
Hope your Christmas decorating is filling you with the spirit and not turning your world upside down!