The Easter Egg Tree

SAALFELD, GERMANY- How do you decorate for Easter? Do you have an Easter tree or is there a traditional way of decorating for this holiday? Contrary to Christmas, where we plaster our Tannenbaum and house with lights, decorations and even a Santa or Snowman (or two), Easter in the US varies from household to household, where the majority do not decorate as much as at Christmas time. In Germany, Easter celebrations varies from region to region, yet the signature for a great celebration is seeing almost every tree decorated with colorful eggs and every city center seeing a colorful Easter fountain and statues of the Easter bunny made of straw. A nice way to celebrate the beginning of spring! 🙂

In a small community of Saalfeld, located two hours south of Leipzig in central Thuringia, an Easter tradition that spanned 50 years came to end yesterday. Every year since 1965, a married couple, Volker and Christa Kraft have decorated their apple tree with up to 10,000 eggs- all of them homemade and handcrafted. Impressive as they are, as you can see in the links below, more impressive is how they converted an ordinary apple tree into a work of art for tens of thousands of visitors to see, as you will see in the videos below. And while they are calling it quits after so many years, perhaps people like you can pick up where they left off. After all, Easter trees are becoming a thing of the past, but like them, perhaps you yourself can keep this tradition alive and as popular as the Easter bunny. Just saying…. 😉

Links and videos:

GALLERY OF PHOTOS (USA TODAY): http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/world/2015/04/06/apple-tree-decorated-with-10000-easter-eggs/25358513/

SENDUNG MIT DER MAUS: http://www.wdrmaus.de/aktuelle-sendung/index.php5

HISTORY BEHIND THE TREE: http://www.ifitshipitshere.com/2015-volker-kraft-easter-egg-tree/

HOW TO MAKE THAT SPECIAL TREE:

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