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Fun Fact: The Easter Bunny

April 21, 2011 11:38 am · Posted by Lauren G

I can't wait for the Easter candy to go on sale! I love Peeps and chocolate covered marshmallows, and there's always so much candy leftover from the holiday. But why so much candy in the first place? Just to fill a bunch of Easter baskets and hide them in the yard?

The Easter bunny was brought to the US by German settlers in the 18th century, but the first use of Easter eggs was recorded as far back as the 15th century. According to tradition, children made a nest out of bonnets or caps in a secluded area of their house. If they were good, the "Oster Hawse" would lay colorful eggs in the nest. I'm not really sure where the idea that bunnies lay eggs came from, but building a nest in a secluded area became the tradition of hiding Easter baskets.

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