But the tree was growing fast and he and his wife, Christa couldn't afford to waste so many Easter eggs. So they began drilling holes into the eggs, using the contents in the kitchen, and the painted shells as decorations. When their children grew up, they started helping with the decorating and the Easter Tree became a family tradition, known not only in their home town of Saalfeld , but all of Germany. After their kids moved out of the house, it seemed the Easter Tree would finally catch a break, but grandsons arrived and the Krafts went back to decorating their giant tree. The number of Easter eggs hung by the trees branches grew every year and in 2010 it reached an incredible 9,500 eggs.