Fun Facts For Easter

March 30, 2018

(Photo by Emily Robson/The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)/MCT/Sipa USA)

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Here are some interesting tidbits about the holiday that you can share with your family and friends while the kids are looking for their eggs, or Dad is carving the ham.

  • An estimated $18-billion will be spent on Easter related items.
  • Candy is the largest purchase.
  • 80% of Americans plan to celebrate.
  • The first sunrise service held in the United States was in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1773.
  • Jelly beans didn't become part of the Easter tradition until the 1930s.
  • The first edible Easter bunnies were made from sugar and pastry and originated in Germany.
  • Chocolate Easter bunnies are hollow so they're easier to eat (and saves money for the companies that produce them).
  • The earliest Easter treats were hot cross buns made by monks in Great Britain.
  • Marshmallow Peeps turn 65 this year, and about 1.5 billion were sold this year.
  • The first Easter baskets were designed to look like a bird's nest.