Nov 27, 2010 11:42 PM by Chris Welty

Hanging Christmas Tree

Since 1960, one Acadiana family has given a whole new meaning to decking the halls...and the ceilings.

For 50 years the Hotards' have hung their Christmas tree from the ceiling. The tradition started when Denis Hotard was just a little boy. Hotard says, "My sister and I kept bugging my momma asking her when are we going to put up our Christmas tree? Finally she had enough and said if y'all don't shut-up we're gonna hang it from the ceiling...and my dad said hey, that's not a bad idea."

An idea that Hotard says has many benefits from the more traditional way of putting up your tree. "You can push on it, turn it, and its nice. You also get more room for presents underneath."

Since the 13th century, people have been hanging Christmas trees upside down, but Hotard says something about it just doesn't seem right.

"To me, its kinda sacrilegious. it just doesn't look right." So, to make it look right, the Hotards deck their tree out in gold and hang it upright.

"Everybody loves it. it's a unique thing and it's nice the way it hangs."



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