Bring the glory of spring into your home this Easter
This year, I decided to start a new tradition in my household: the Easter tree. I’m fairly late off the mark with this one. A number of my friends have been decorating blossom laden stems with delicate painted eggs since their childhood but for me it is a new, seasonal pleasure. Like the Christmas tree, decorating branches with eggs at Easter is a centuries old German tradition which seems to be growing in popularity elsewhere.
To make your Easter tree, select long, twisted branches of a shrub of your choice. Nothing beats stems of cherry blossom but if you can’t get hold of this or your nearest tree is not in bloom, twisted willow or forsythia works well too. Sit the branches in a tall, heavy vase or container filled with a little water. I used a demijohn because the narrow neck stops the branches loaded with decorations from tumbling out. If your stems are too long, topiary the tree to your desired size. Personally, I like the idea of bringing the outside in, so I left my boughs wild and sprawling. Finally, adorn with painted eggs and other Easter decorations.
Decorating an Easter tree is really reminiscent of Christmas, but filled with the promise of spring sunshine and summer warmth rather than the dark winter nights we’ve already left behind. Happy Easter!