I don’t have a long family tradition of making Easter Trees. Occasionally, over the past few years I’ve seen them in clients’ houses and been intrigued. Finally the blog Finding Simplicity gave me the nudge last year and we enjoyed the tree so much that we’ve made one again this year.
The tradition is far simpler than the Christmas tree one. You can use any sort of twiggy growth for the tree. If you didn’t need it to last long and need to make an off the cuff tree Forsythia would be ideal (as it is already in flower). We followed the Scandinavian tradition by finding twigs in bud. Initially the tree looks a bit bare but over the next week or so the leaves finally unfurl and you have a decorated tree covered with the freshest and brightest green leaves.
Our superstructure is made from twigs snipped off the top of the beech hedging and the decorations are various little things that we have collected over the years. Although I splashed out on the bee this year and bought a bag of tiny eggs to join those that Tessa and Colin gave us last year.
I love Easter. In fact I prefer it to Christmas. Here in the UK, Easter is in springtime. Usually we’ve enjoyed the first few sunny days of the year as Easter approaches. Everything is bursting into life. And we have the summer in our sights.
I snaked up to bed relatively early last night but I spent a happy half hour decorating our tree to surprise Danny in the morning.
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