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Texas Easter Traditions!

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:lol: Howdy yall!

Most of us in Texas today were born and raised here and we have a very great and unique heritage. My folks were 2nd generation Texans direct from the German, Wendish, and Czech families.

My father hails from the La Grange-Winchester area and has lots of stories of the Germans and Wendish that settled there long ago and still to this day loves to make homemade Easter Eggs. And for your life dont miss the annual fathers day picnic at the Lutheran church in Winchester, great bbq that you buy by the pound (cheap to!), you bring everything else from your kitchen and eat and fellowship!

Here is the link so you can see the eggs (look at the bottom of the page unless you want to see the great history of the Wendish!!!) http://wendish.concordia.edu/html/about.htm

Wendish Easter Eggs

The Wends are Slavic-Germans who have four techniques of decorating eggs: Wax Batik, Acid, Scratch, and Embossed.

The most commonly used technique in Texas is the Wax Batik. In this method, the wax design is applied to the egg with a tip of a goose feather cut into geometrical shapes, or the head of a straight pin. The wax protects the egg from taking the dye. Multicolored eggs are created by applying the design in stages, dipping the egg in a different color dye after each wax application. When the egg is completely decorated, the wax is removed and the egg oiled.

The Embossed technique uses the same instruments and designs as the Wax Batik, but with colored wax on a white egg. In the Acid and Scratch techniques, the egg is dyed first and the design is etched with acid or scratched with a sharp instrument.

For more information about Wendish Easter eggs, see:

The Art of Decorating Wendish Easter Eggs

by Daphne Dalton Garrett.

Ms. Garrett can be contacted at:

P.O. Box 35, Warda, Texas, 78960,

or her instruction booklet can be ordered from the Texas Wendish Heritage Museum. The cost is $5.30, tax included. Egg decorating supplies are also available at the Museum, including egg-blowers, bees wax, and dyes.

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