Jalna Jaeger always knew about Ostereierbaum — the German tradition of decorating trees and bushes with Easter eggs.
Eight years ago, the 1971 Staples High School graduate decorated a tree on her Norwalk property: 3 East Avenue, not far from Stew Leonard’s.
She had a few hundred eggs. But it’s a large tree, and it needed more.
Jalna googled “egg tree.” She saw a German tree, with real eggs. Lots of them — 10,000, in fact.
Jalna ordered 800 eggs online. It took a long time to string them. But she loved the vibrant, colorful look.
Every year, Jalna adds eggs. This year, there are 100 more.
Her entire family helps. Her husband holds the ladder. She climbs. Now she needs a higher ladder.
East Avenue is a very public street. People often stop and thank Jalna for her tree. They say it cheers them up. The tree has even gotten some fan mail.
Today, hundreds of crocuses are blooming under the tree. It’s a perfect way for everyone — of all faiths, or none – to celebrate Easter, and the arrival of spring.