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This Incredible German Tradition Is About Decorating Trees And Bushes With Easter Eggs

This Incredible German Tradition Is About Decorating Trees And Bushes With Easter Eggs

Ostereierbaum is actually an Easter tree that has small branches decorated in hanging Easter egg ornaments.

Every holiday season, we look for inspiration to bring something new to the festivities. If that is the case with you too, then you definitely need to check out this Easter tradition known as the Ostereierbaum. Originally a German tradition, it has now become popular in many parts of the world. Ostereierbaum is actually an Easter tree that has small branches decorated in hanging Easter egg ornaments. 



 

In Germany, people also decorate live trees or bushes in their yard with colored eggs tied on with ribbons, and unlike the Christmas trees, these trees don't need special stand or lights. The origin of the tradition is a slightly mysterious one since there is no real or verified story on how it all began. But, numerous families in Germany have been continuing this tradition for hundreds of years. 



 

Some families love this rendition so much that they keep the trees all year round and use them for Christmas decorations. Ostereierbaum can also be kept inside their homes by taking a few young branches and keeping them inside a vase of water. As reported by NBC, one of the most famous displays of Ostereierbaum is in the eastern German town of Saalfeld in the garden of Volker Kraft. For many years, Volker Kraft in Saalfeld, Germany has been adding more and more eggs to the tree and the final count came up to 10,000 eggs.



 

The tradition in Kraft's family started in 1965 with 18 eggs and every year, his family would add an average of 700 eggs, as reported by The Telegraph, and that is how the tree ended up displaying more than 10,000 eggs. The tree in Rostock Zoo holds the Guinness record of having the maximum painted hens eggs in the spring of 2007. With the count of 76,596 painted hens eggs, it deserves the citation. 



 

If you want to make your own Ostereierbaum, it is quite a simple process. Once you have collected the branches, all you need to do is start painting the eggs. If you want to go the traditional way, then the ornaments are wooden-egg colored. Then you can attach a ribbon to your eggs. Then insert the needle in the bottom hole of blown-out egg and draw it up to the top and bottom holes. Along with this, you can also add garlands or ribbons on the branches for a beautiful color burst. If you have children, they can also help by drawing and coloring small Easter scenes that can be placed around the tree. Truly, a fabulous tradition to incorporate into your Easter decor. 

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