In Germany, they hang brightly coloured eggs outside on trees in the weeks leading up to Easter. Sometimes they are real eggs, blown out, self painted and decorated; but only to use inside. Outside they have to be plastic. For the first couple of years I was dismissive; I considered it ridiculous. I have changed my mind.
I have come to realise that flowers show up much later here in Berlin than in Ireland or UK.
St David’s day is March 1st. The symbol of St David’and the Welsh national flower, is the Daffodil. In Wales, by January there are snowdrops, Crocuses and daffodils arrive in Feburary and by March 1st, daffodils are in full bloom in parks, gardens and along the roads. Later, about Easter, Tulips arrive.
But here in Berlin, no such luck. It’s too bloody cold at night. All the flowers delay blooming until late March / early April. Its nice, but a bit like having a firework display with only the finale, its not the same, or as good, as a gradual lead up.
So, German Easter tree decorations, here they are, a nice colourful, cheery, substitute for the flower progression.