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Man decorates tree, 10,000 Easter eggs
WPTV.com ^ | March 23, 2013 | staff reporter

Posted on 03/24/2013 5:13:57 PM PDT by Daffynition

Pensioner Volker Kraft stands in front of his apple tree, which he and his family have decorated with 10,000 Easter eggs on March 24, 2013 in Saalfeld, Germany.

Read more: http://www.wptv.com/gallery/news/news_photo_gallery/man-decorates-tree-with-10000-easter-eggs-in-germany#ixzz2OVOm5EuX

(Excerpt) Read more at wptv.com ...


TOPICS: History; Hobbies; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: easter; eggs
How delightful!


1 posted on 03/24/2013 5:13:57 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
I was going to post "Dude has WAY too much time on his hands.", but then I saw that he was an old man, so I shall applaud his dedication.

*clapclapclapclap*

2 posted on 03/24/2013 5:19:09 PM PDT by Mr. Impatient (7 WEEKS OF BEARD COMING RIGHT UP!!)
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To: Mr. Impatient
47 X years = *clapclapclapclap*


3 posted on 03/24/2013 5:22:02 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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4 posted on 03/24/2013 5:30:17 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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5 posted on 03/24/2013 5:33:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Daffynition

Is this a German thing? I’ve seen some people decorate (small) trees with easter eggs, but I do not think it is terribly common in the USA — at least in my area. I assume it is a cultural/ethnic tradition of some kind.


6 posted on 03/24/2013 5:44:43 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

http://fullhomelydivinity.org/eggs.htm

Some say the egg was a pagan symbol, promoted by the Germans [who gave us the Christmas tree]. We have a few *egg trees* here in NE...but they are mostly made of plastic eggs [ how Mr.Kraft got started.]

**Christianity inherited this rich natural symbolic tradition. However, the great spring festival of Easter, the Christian Passover, added a new meaning to the symbolism of the egg, for just as the hard shell of the egg is broken open so that new life can emerge, so was the rock-hewn tomb of Jesus broken open when he rose from the dead on the third day. Ancient cultures saw the egg as a symbol of the rebirth of nature, but Christians came to see it as a symbol of the rebirth of mankind.

It is often the case when symbols carry over from an old context to a new one that the symbols retain aspects of their former appearance. Christians were not the first to color and decorate eggs, but when they adopted the egg as a symbol of the resurrection, they needed new traditions, new explanations for symbols which had acquired a new meaning. These explanations are rarely found in Scripture. More often than not, they are glosses on Scripture. They are almost always rich and reverent extensions of canonical accounts, adding a layer of personal detail so that the symbolism of the egg not only has theological content, but has the effect of putting the recipient of an egg into the middle of the sacred story. The basic stories have many variations. Various cultures have their particular versions.**


7 posted on 03/24/2013 5:58:31 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition
Equal time for those of us who believe that chickens came first!


8 posted on 03/24/2013 6:00:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

9 posted on 03/24/2013 6:02:15 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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10 posted on 03/24/2013 6:03:13 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition
Sorry, in my family's tradition we paint our chickens!


11 posted on 03/24/2013 6:04:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Daffynition

Thank you for posting. It brought a big smile to my face!


12 posted on 03/24/2013 6:12:59 PM PDT by informavoracious (God help us.)
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To: Daffynition

13 posted on 03/24/2013 6:17:44 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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14 posted on 03/24/2013 6:52:34 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Tapped a wonderful childhood memory for me! My dad used to buy a couple dozen colored chix for my Gram who kept a small hobby farm. I remember staying up half the night playing with the chicks in the kitchen...always delivered with glee to Gram on Easter morning.


15 posted on 03/24/2013 6:56:18 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Revolting cat!

16 posted on 03/24/2013 6:57:35 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

I remember them. Can you still get colored chix? they were so much fun!


17 posted on 03/24/2013 6:58:24 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Daffynition

Awesomely awesome post, Daffy!

Have a Blessed Easter!


18 posted on 03/24/2013 7:00:39 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (A good horse is the best friend you'll ever have.---Will Rodgers)
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To: informavoracious; JoeProBono
our welcome. My pleasure. I have been teaching my 10 y/o grand daughter the art of Pysanky. I thought *this* is the year she could learn and appreciate it.

We have been having a lot of fun. My mom was Ukrainian and Pysanky making was taught to the *girls.*

Pysanky are a bit different than the Polish eggs, Mr. Bono is accustomed to.; but the *batik* technique and tools are basically the same.


19 posted on 03/24/2013 7:10:09 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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Those are absolutely beautiful-—lucky grand daughter.

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20 posted on 03/24/2013 7:14:26 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Daffynition

Beautiful thing to behold.
The gentleman is a class act in a crass world


21 posted on 03/24/2013 7:14:36 PM PDT by ncalburt (Amnesty media out in full force)
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To: Chickensoup

I think times have changed. Unless you have a hatchery nearby.....maybe someone ships them....I’m sure cruelty issues pop up.

Found this m/o place called efowl...how cute is that?

http://www.efowl.com/Chickens_for_Sale_s/41.htm


22 posted on 03/24/2013 7:15:48 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

Wow
Stunning
My sister lived in Berlin for years and had a Easter egg tree every year


23 posted on 03/24/2013 7:17:29 PM PDT by ncalburt (Amnesty media out in full force)
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To: Mears
We've spent hours and hours working on them. Has been a good thing to do during this cold weather.

She so adorable....she was with me for a few days and she woke up at 5AM to work on them, by herself. I came downstairs and there she was...working away! She's wonderfully responsible with the open candle flame and using the intense, special dyes, which are a potential disaster.


24 posted on 03/24/2013 7:20:56 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

They are easy to color. Nothing cruel about it.

My chicks come in next month, I cannnot wait! Any one want some old layers? Nice personalities!


25 posted on 03/24/2013 7:22:21 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: ncalburt
It's nice to have traditions....and pass them down.

The colors have meaning, as do the designs which are very symbolic.


26 posted on 03/24/2013 7:26:13 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Chickensoup

OMG...I want to keep chickens sooooo badly!

And I’d love to keep bees. :)


27 posted on 03/24/2013 7:27:47 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: ncalburt
Neato!

Our family seems to have more traditions associated with Easter, than it does for Christmas.

I'd kill for some real authentic Babka!


28 posted on 03/24/2013 7:31:21 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

ARISE MY MINIONS

29 posted on 03/24/2013 7:57:50 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Chickensoup

I know they are easy to color, and not harmful.

From the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/02/us/dyeing-easter-chicks-raises-concerns.html?_r=0


30 posted on 03/24/2013 8:02:46 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: martin_fierro
Careful...


31 posted on 03/24/2013 8:06:50 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

Thank you for posting this:) your eggs are beautiful...your granddaughter is one lucky girl to learn this exquisite Easter tradition.

(And I’ll admit...I went to your FReeper page to see if you had more artwork up—NOT a stalker...honest !!)


32 posted on 03/24/2013 8:13:06 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Mourning in America.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Is this a German thing?

Don't know, but I am German (heritage) and yeah....we had an Easter Egg tree....NOT like THIS gentleman's tree..but yep.

Blowing out the egg was quite fun. Ugh. Poking the holes without breaking the shell was REALLY a chore. :)

33 posted on 03/24/2013 8:19:34 PM PDT by Brads Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Daffynition

but none of these ‘traditions’ are Biblical and have nothing to do with the death and resurrection of Jesus.......


34 posted on 03/24/2013 9:55:47 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

I’m glad you enjoyed it. We are fortunate, in our area, have a place to go to get supplies; The Ukrainian National Home in Hartford; otherwise we have to go to Surma, NYC. M/O is another option, but I like to *see* what I’m going to get. :)


35 posted on 03/25/2013 1:39:51 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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