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Thanksgiving's over, and some people are wasting no time unpacking and unwrapping their holiday decor. Driving around Dallas, Texas, this past weekend, I saw my fair share of freshly hewn firs strapped to the tops of cars.

While some may beg to differ, there’s no actual moratorium on when it’s permissible to start hanging the holly. However, this year there's a holiday decorating trend that has me—and many online—stumped.

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I present to you, with much confusion, the upside down Christmas tree. It’s like a normal Christmas tree, but not quite—it balances on its tip and widens as it gets taller, literally flipping everything we know on its head.

The conversation surrounding these topsy turvy trees began on Twitter (where else?) as people shared photos of them in hotel lobbies, friends' houses, malls, even the Target website. Bucking tradition is one thing, but turning it on its head is a whole other ballgame.

The meaning of all this tomfoolery remains a mystery, but one Twitter user provided a potential answer: a former writer for the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog tweeted that upside down Christmas trees' inverse shapes makes it easier to see ornaments. They don't get lost in the brush of the branch below it. Maybe they're on to something.

Would you indulge in the upside down? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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