Chula Vista woman hangs Christmas tree upside down

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- A Chula Vista woman is turning Christmas on its head by hanging her tree upside down in her living room.

“I like to do a lot of art. I don’t like to do anything like other people do it,” said Sherri Aguilar, who began the tradition 27 years ago.

Aguilar said she got the idea randomly one night while lying on her couch.

“It’s a process and my husband has perfected it by now. You find the beam in the ceiling, you put a closed eye hook, you saw the trunk all the way down to the bottom of the tree, you put an open eye hook and you hang it up,” said Aguilar.

To complete the look, she adds fake snow and presents, which she staples to the ceiling.

“I use to have a thousand people a night here looking at it and now my children and grandchildren expect me to do it every year,” said Aguilar.

The tradition this year, however, almost didn’t happen after Aguilar was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer.

“I have had to subsequent surgeries, I really wasn’t in the mood but my husband said we are going to do it anyway – so we put up the tree and it's really brought the Christmas spirit back to me and it's just living beyond the diagnosis,” said Aguilar.

Aguilar and her husband plan to continue the tradition every year.

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