Easter Tree made in Germany with 9,800 eggs!

 

Easter Tree
Strangely enough, such a thing as an Easter tree exists, and can be found in Germany.

 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 Kraft’s went back to decorating their giant tree. The number of Easter eggs hung by the tree’s branches grew yearly, and in 2010 it reached an incredible 9,500 eggs.

It is up to 9,800 eggs this year! Next year he plans to add 200 for an even 10,000 and then stop…yeah right…I don’t believe it.

Can you believe he stores them in boxes and puts them up every year?

I made an Easter Tree with my mother many years ago. She found a branch, put it in styrofoam and painted it and decorated the styrofoam with plastic grass. She poked holes on both ends of the eggs and blew out the eggs (for many breakfasts!). I don’t know how she did this…it isn’t easy! I’ve tried it and I blow out a big hole! Then she painted them…some she used house paint. I decorated a few. Mostly I watched. It was brought out every year at Easter for many years…even when my sisters and I came for dinners after we had married…

This video is in German, but you can look at the tree and the lovely decorated eggs! My mother’s wasn’t this fancy and maybe had 30-40 eggs…but it was a nice memory. She passed away in 2000.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2011/04/easter-egg-tree.html

Hope your Easter was special and memorable!

Sandie Parrott

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