Colorful German Easter Traditions You Won’t Want to Miss

I lived in Germany for several years.  Some of the highlights of living there for me were the annual Christmas and Easter Markets.

There are many European artisans who specialize in Easter decorations, from hand-painted eggs to blown glass crosses.  I wish we had something like this in America, because it is so beautiful!  Since we can’t all be there, I thought I’d share some pictures I took from a market a few years ago.

Ostereier Markt Michelstadt:

This man is carving wooden eggs:

This is my own Easter Egg tree.  It is so much easier than a Christmas tree!

Some glass blown eggs on glass sticks that you mix into flower arrangements:

And some homemade marshmallows I was inspired to make from my friend Christine’s blog (Check it out it’s an amazing food and recipe blog!)

When it comes to decorating for holidays, I don’t go overboard. The egg tree, flowers, and this set of decorations on my sideboard is it. The egg in the middle is a handpainted ostrich egg.

Here is a close up compared to a chicken egg:

All my decorations fit into 2 boxes I store in my garage, and that includes the front door wreath, the kids’ Easter baskets and a supply of grass and plastic eggs.  Even the egg tree folds up.  You should never have more decorations than you are willing to store!

I don’t usually mix religion into my posts.  But today I want to wish you and your family a Happy Easter, celebrating the most important event in history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

3 thoughts on “Colorful German Easter Traditions You Won’t Want to Miss

  1. I remember well the Osternmarkts in Vienna (Austria) when we lived there. Mountains of beautifully decorated blown eggs. I keep some in my china cabinets year-round and some I pack away like you (also 2 boxes). I was in Wales with grandkids this year, so got them out– the wide-eyed wonder at the beauty (and recognized fragility) of them makes me glad to share them even with the 4-year-olds. It made me realize why I got so many all those years ago! We also had spring-time lebkuchen (hens and chicks) and my Easter tree matches yours! I’ll take a picture next year to share back with you. Thanks, Jennifer, for the grand memories! (and love your pics!)

  2. My mom is Czech and always made the most beautiful Easter displays– I think it was even more beautiful than the Christmas tree. We had a pussywillow tree in our backyard and she would always cut several large boughs and make the Easter “tree”, hung with lovely decorations that she’d gotten from my grandmother. With the addition of tulips, hyacinth, and daffodils, our dining room table always looked like Springtime. My husband’s aunt is Lithuanian and a painter and she makes the most exquisite eggs. It is a shame that the image of Easter in the US seems to be dominated by cartoonish bunnies and chicks, when it can be so breath-taking.

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