Exploding Peeps and other Easter Traditions

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While Easter has religious significance for many people around the world, it also provides the perfect time for families to get together, welcome in spring weather, and create lasting traditions.  Growing up in Michigan, Easter involved the usual feast of jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, and Cadbury eggs, but the best part of the day was going to my grandma’s house.  Every year, each of us would get the same gift: a new kite, which we would immediately assemble and take out to the front yard.  It was the perfect toy to get us outside, soaking in some of the first warm days of spring.

What are some of your Easter family traditions?  How will you be celebrating?

Here are some Easter fun facts to help get you excited for the upcoming holiday:

Easter eggs are a symbol of joy, celebration, and rebirth.  The tradition of dyeing eggs has ties all the way back to ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Zoroastrians.

Every year 90 million chocolate bunnies and 700 million peeps are produced – just think of all the candy-coated goodness about to come into your life.

Another little known fact about peeps is that they are fun to microwave.  You might just get the “coolest grandparent of the year award” if you show your grandkids this trick:

Every year since 1878, the White House has hosted an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn.

76% of people eat the ears of the chocolate bunnies first, which just goes to show that we aren’t that different after all. 5% eat the feet first and 4% of people eat the tail first.  Perhaps this can be used as a new kind of personality test.  What do your bunny eating habits reveal about you?

The first chocolate Easter egg came from Germany in the 1800s.  Prior to that, the traditional Easter treat was hot cross buns.

The largest Easter egg ever made was over 25 ft high, weighed 8,968 pounds and included an internal steel frame.

Happy Easter and enjoy time with your friends and family!

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