Easter Egg Artistry

My German ancestors brought their Easter egg tradition to America when they came to Pennsylvania in the 1700’s. Always a symbol of birth, the egg became a symbol of Christ’s rebirth after death.

Germans gathered forsythia branches in a vase and decorated them with colorful eggs they dyed with natural ingredients such as beets, onion skins and coffee. Eventually the decorating grew more sophisticated to included paint, wax and even filigree.

I collected decorated eggs from local crafts people during my travels to Europe. Some are Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, and some from Germany. To me, each one is a work of art.

The trend right now is to simplfy and “downsize,” yet surrounding myself with treasures like these brings back all the wonderful memories I’ve had abroad. Having an Easter tree on my table by the window not only looks beautiful but carries on the centuries of traditions that I find so important in my life. Perhaps you’d like to do the same?

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