Christmas Has a Festive Tree, So Why Not Easter?

It makes sense doesn’t it? Easter is a major Christian holiday too, so it should have its own version of the popular Christmas Tree.

Strangely 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 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.

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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 by the tree’s branches grew every year,and in 2010 it reached an incredible 9,500 eggs.

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Head over to the official site of the Volker Easter Tree for a more info on this incredible tradition, as well as more photos and Easter Tree e-cards.

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  • Donna Skinner Posted on March 30, 2010

    Absolutely beautiful!!! Thankyou for all the time and effort you put into decorating this tree. It is so beautiful! Definitely adds a positive light to a sometimes dim world. You are very kind and unselfish. Thankyou…….

  • Ruby Blye Posted on March 30, 2010

    We have always had an Easter Tree in my family. It was our tradition to decorate it with eggs and enjoy our Easter Bunny dinner around the tree at sunset.

  • Tracey Lambert Posted on March 3, 2011

    OMG… This is the most beautiful tree i have EVER seen in my life, its absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! I only wish i had one just like it :)

  • frances Posted on April 14, 2011

    farmtown offers an easter tree as one of it’s free gifts

  • Joy Posted on April 24, 2011

    What a beautiful memory. Thank you for sharing your story on this blessed Easter day and thank you Fran for sharing with our Sips!