Volker and Christa Kraft solicited the assistance of their family to decorate an apple tree for their child and grandchildren according to a Channel 5 NBCDFW report.
The German couple in Saalfeld, Germany started decorating the apple tree in 1965 with painted hen’s eggs in 1965. After seeing a lilac tree decorated with eggs when he was a child, it was Kraft's dream to have his own decorated tree. By 2013, when the pictures were taken, there were over 10,000 decorated Easter Eggs on the tree.
Spring is here and lent has begun, so thoughts of Easter are already present on everyone’s mind. In addition to the religious aspects of Easter, people generally want to make sure their children or grandchildren enjoy decorating eggs and enjoy an Easter Egg hunt as well. The Krafts, however, took amusement to another level. What started out as entertainment for the kids for Easter, the tree has become a tourist attraction that brings thousands of tourists from around the word to the family’s garden, where the tree is located, each year.
One look at the decorated apple tree is not only amazing, it brings excitement and joy for young and old alike. All of the eggs are hand painted in with stripes, designs, and solids that present a beautiful pallet of colors against the branches of the tree.
While many cannot go to this extreme with the egg decorating, the 50-year Easter Egg tree tradition has been an amazing sight for so many visitors. In Germany and Austria, it is a tradition to decorate bushes and trees with eggs about four weeks before Easter.
This year, try a little decorating of your own and while enjoying the season, and be thankful for the many blessing that have come your way.