Saturday, April 7, 2012

~ Easter Tree ~



A feast for the Easter Bunny: German couple decorate their garden tree with 10,000 painted eggs.

Easter comes but once a year - but one couple have turned it into a lifetime's project.
German pensioners Volker and Christa Kraft have decorated the tree in their back garden in Saalfeld for Easter for more than 40 years.

The tree now drips with more than 9,800 colourful Easter eggs, painted with pastoral scenes and religious icons.

Jesus Christ! Volker Kraft adds to the 9,800 Easter eggs hanging from the tree in garden of the home he shares with his wife Christa

Volker Kraft adds to the 9,800 Easter eggs hanging from the tree in garden of the home he shares with his wife Christa

Each egg must be painstakingly emptied of yolk and whites, to ensure it will not go bad, before they can be hand painted and hung out for all to see.

The easiest way is to pierce two holes in each end of the egg with a hat-pin, then blow out the contents through a straw.

The better equipped can use a syringe pushed through just one hole to extract the gooey gubbins. But be cautious when handling raw eggs - they may carry salmonella.

Symbol of life: Carefully packed and intricately decorated Easter eggs lie waiting to be hung from the Krafts' tree

Symbol of life: Carefully packed and intricately decorated Easter eggs lie waiting to be hung from the Krafts' tree.

The egg is a pagan symbol of rebirth, widely used in spring festivals before its adoption by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus.

For followers of Christianity they are symbolic of Christ rising from his tomb two days after his death on the cross.

In ancient times, the Zoroastrians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the spring equinox.

Sculptures in the ruins of Persepolis, their capital, show people carrying eggs to their king for the occasion 2,500 years ago.

Don't tell the Easter Bunny! Heike Lutz, right, visits the Krafts' tree together with her son Anton Lutz, in her arms, and her daughter Luna Lutz, centre

Don't tell the Easter Bunny! Heike Lutz, right, visits the Krafts' tree together with her son Anton Lutz.



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Can you imagine preparing all these eggs? Then comes the storage, hanging them, etc.  Such joy this couple brings to all!

Wishing each of you and your loved ones a very blessed Easter!

13 comments:

Gina said...

Oh wow! Wow! That is stunning! What an amazing tree. It would still be beautiful with just regular old eggs, but to see the detailed egg creations used is just incredible. Thanks for sharing this!

Barbara F. said...

Now that is an egg tree, what wonderful work. Truly a labor of love. Thanks for sharing it with us, I have never seen anything like it xo

Linda Chapman said...

That wins the top prize! I will never think I am OVERdecorating again!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

This is so wonderful. Thansk fro sharing it. Amazing...

LDH said...

Just amazing! Happy Easter wishes to you! :)

Lisa said...

Wow, how fabulous! Hope you have a wonderful Easter!
XO
Lisa

NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH! I have never seen anything like that! How incredible. I love it ! Happy Easter, Pat! xo Diana

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

WOW! This is amazing, and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Easter to you Pat!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Wow I have never ever seen anything like this. How incredible that a couple does this for Easter. It really is amazing. I just have to show this to my grandbabies.
Wanted to come by and check on you and wish you a very Happy Easter. You have really made mine
Love
Maggie

Debbiedoo's said...

That is simply awesome Pat. I have never heard nor seen anything like that. I LOVE it!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Simply amazing! Can't imagine the patience it takes to hang all those eggs.
And for your bluebonnet post, yes I wish I lived in TX! Miss my family there so much! Beautiful photos!

Beth said...

What an amazing tree! It is "egg-strodinary" as well! Thank you for sharing this!

Jo James said...

Wow!!
So amazing!