Easter Sunday is coming up quick and you know what that means — warmer weather, chocolate bunnies, and excited children hunting for eggs.
Sure, Easter is a fun celebration involving candy, baskets of gifts, and delicious home-cooked food. But, after being asked trivial questions about the Easter bunny’s name, age and gender as well as questions about the origins of Easter, it surprised us to find out how many kids knew the real history behind the holiday. Not only are they thoughtful, but they’re so adorable.
Are you looking to educate your kids a bit more about the significance and history of Easter? Use these 10 facts!
1. In preparation for Easter, 16 billion jelly beans are made each and every year. Despite the many flavors and variations of these candies, red jelly beans are the most popular.
2. Chocolate eggs originated from Europe in the early 1800’s before the discovery of mass-moulding chocolate.
3. The average person spends $140.62 on Easter celebrations while Americans spend nearly $1.9 billion combined on candy alone.
4. Back in 1953 when Peeps were invented, it took 27 hours to produce a single one from start to finish.
5. Because Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection, more people than any other day of the year attend church on Easter Sunday.
6. Rabbits are a part of Easter celebrations because they give birth to large litters, making them a symbol for new life.
7. Some say that Easter eggs symbolize the resurrection of Christ, which is why they are a part of the Easter celebration.
8. Presidents and their families have celebrated the White House Easter Egg Roll since 1878 when Rutherford B. Hayes began the tradition.
9. Good Friday is recognized as a holiday by only 12 states in the U.S.
10. The origins of the Easter bunny are said to have come from Germany during the middle ages.