Sunday, April 24, 2011

They say there's a tree in the forest ....

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Did you know .... there is such a thing as an Easter tree?!   


Around 1945, when he was just a young boy, Volker Kraft saw his very first Easter Tree (Eierbaum, Osterbaum or Ostereirbaum, in German), and decided he would have one of his very own, when he grew up. Time passed and young Volker became a married man, with a family. But his childhood dream stuck with him and he decorated his first Easter Tree, in 1965. He used 18 colored plastic eggs.

But the tree was growing fast and he and his wife, Christa couldn't afford to waste so many Easter eggs. So they began drilling holes into the eggs, using the contents in the kitchen, and the painted shells as decorations. When their children grew up, they started helping with the decorating,and the Easter Tree became a family tradition, known not only in their home town of Saalfeld, but all of Germany.


After their kids moved out of the house, it seemed the Easter Tree would finally catch a break, but grandsons arrived and the Krafts went back to decorating their giant tree. The number of Easter eggs hung on the tree branches grew every year,and in 2010 it reached an incredible 9,500 eggs!


Thank you to gal-pal Doris, for sharing this delightful bit of whimsy!

4 comments:

  1. Lovely! Wishes for a bright and blessed Easter.

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  2. Hey there, Thanks for stopping by for a visit. What a magnificent tree! Glad you're doing well and hope you had a Happy Easter, Hugs, Mollye

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  3. Oh my goodness! I would love to see that tree!

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  4. Those eggs are beautiful - hand painted plastic eggs? It is awesome I have never heard of that before - but glad I did. Hope you had a nice Easter.
    sandie

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