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    NIZHNY NOVGOROD, December 26 (RIA Novosti, Olga Skomorokhova) - For more than 41 years, the medical personnel at a psychiatric ward in the Volga Region city of Nizhny Novgorod have been hanging their New Year's tree upside down from the ceiling to humor their patients, the ward's head doctor said Monday.

    "We watched a TV program about special New Year's trees in the United States that could be attached to the ceiling," Yan Goland said. "But we have had this tradition for a long time."

    The top of a 2-meter upside-down tree usually hangs about 1-1.5 meters from the floor.

    Goland said the upside-down tree humors the patients.

    Fir trees in Russia are traditionally put up to celebrate New Year's, not Christmas as in the West.

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