One of my favorite Easter traditions growing up was the Easter tree we had every year. Mom would cut some dogwood branches and then hang our easter ornaments on the branches. I guess that tradition is more European, because Jeff hadn't ever heard of an Easter tree. So I suppose Mom and Dad must have started that when we were living in Germany. We had all these great wooden ornaments, in the shape of spring animals (i.e. rabbits, chicks, etc.) and decorated eggs. We also had other wooden easter decorations that mom would put out, including these large eggs she would fill with m&ms. Yum. Our house always felt festive around Easter. Since I have been living away from home, I have missed that tradition. So finally this year, I made an Easter tree! Jeff and I went down to the park near our house and cut off a few dogwood branches (while being slightly worried someone was going to bust us for vandalism or something). I put them in a vase, and hung my ornaments on the branches. Voila! An Easter Tree! Mom found some ornaments that I had bought on sale a few years ago, and then added some eggs that had been decorated by a cousin of mine. It was so exciting to feel like we had a festive, Easter-decorated house. Our tree is not quite as cool as the one I'm sure my mom has, but hopefully I'll be able to find some more exciting ornaments in the future. Or maybe I can make some. Any ideas?