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Pussy Willow Easter Tree

Pussy Willow Easter Tree


Besides the traditional Easter church service, dinner and Easter egg hunts there was one item that was a staple in my grandmother’s home each Easter.  Her pussy willow Easter tree.

Pussy Willow Easter Tree

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I never gave much thought to the tree. I just knew each year she would ask me to brave the snow and cut some branches off the far back budding tree.

Last weekend I was out on a family fun day at our local wildlife sanctuary and looked up to see a tree just beginning to bud. As I reached for my camera, I felt my eyes well up as memories of gatherings at my grandparents home flashed before me.  A large smile graced my face and one lone tear rolled down my cheek as I snapped the picture.

Pussy Willow Tree

As a child I never asked where my grandmother learned of this pussy willow Easter tree practice. It wasn’t until had to go and brave a snow drift up to my waist at the age of 30, that I even questioned her.

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History of the Pussy Willow Branch in Church

Here is some background information for those that do not know why the pussy willow Easter tree is an important tradition.

In Europe, Canada and the United States they used pussy willow branches for a religious decoration on Palm Sunday.

In the far north you were not always able to obtain Palms for Palm Sunday services.

Instead, many churches in the Catholic religion blessed and used the pussy willow branches in their services.

The tree that I was taking branches off each year, was rooted in water from one of those blessed pussy willow branches from long ago.

How to Make Your Own:

1.) Cut branches off a pussy willow tree and place them in water.

2.) Decorate your tree with decorative eggs of some sort.

3.) The branches that have the fuzzy pussy willows on them will flower.

The pussy willow Easter tree represents growth and of the upcoming of prosperity.

Happy Easter to you!!

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