When I think of Easter in my parental home, I think of the breakfast my mum would prepare, the egg hunts which we would have in the lounge and decorating an Easter tree. It was great fun! But I am married now and live in Wales, so it’s time to create our own Easter traditions. Read on to find out how to give your own twist to an Easter tree.
Easter has arrived
Yesterday I realized that the most Easter themed thing we had done was to buy a big chocolate egg for each of us. I have been very conscious that all those years ago Jesus Christ died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven for my sins. And that he was resurrected from the grave three days later. Next to that I felt like I was allowing Easter to pass by without doing anything fun or special for it! I wanted to do more than that and I knew exactly how I wanted to do that. I would create my own Easter tree.
So where does the tradition of the Easter tree come from? I will be honest and say that I had no clue. I thought it was a Dutch tradition and I couldn’t have been more wrong! After some research I discovered that it’s a German tradition and they call it the Ostereierbaum. The easter egg tree tradition is centuries old, but the origin of it is lost over time. Eggs symbolize life and Easter happens to fall during spring. A time in which a lot of rebirth takes place. So the tree decorating ritual could be seen as a way to welcome the new season and rebirth!
Doing it your own way
In the Netherlands you can usually buy branches in the shop of the Salix babylonica or the Corylus avellana. We would hang coloured egg decorations on the branches and you would find the occasional hidden chick decoration. I have spent many hours doting on those chicks I tell ya!
Some may disagree with me, but I find that an Easter tree could take any shape or form. There are no rules. With that in mind I went for a walk in the woods and picked a couple of things that got me excited!
I found the bottles in the woods a week ago along with a lot of broken glass. Littering is a habit I will never understand! I knew I wanted to keep these three bottles for decoration and cleaned them up. They were of good use now 🙂
I went for a very minimal look, but you might want to make it more colourful or could stick to just one vase. The options are endless and the beauty is that it doesn’t have to cost you any money. Play around with what you have and with what you can find during your daily exercise.
Do you feel like you might need some inspiration? See these gorgeous examples (also of just Easter decorations)!
If you decide to have a go at it let me know! And if you are on Instagram, make sure to post a picture there and use the hashtag #twistyoureastertree. I’d love to see your creations!
– House Beautiful gives a lot of traditional but also non traditional examples on how to set up your Easter tree. See their examples here.
– Country Living gives some additional and very bright examples as well. See them here.