The Easter Egg Tree
enough, such a thing as an Easter tree already exists, and it 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 and everything. But his childhood dream stuck with him and he
decorated his first Easter Tree, in 1965. He used 18 colored plastic
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.
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