Easter Sunday is a religious holiday on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox, which occurs around March 21st. It is the day Christian all over the world celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, many cultural aspects of this holiday, such as the Easter bunny, egg hunt, and Easter basket, are observed by Christians and non-Christians alike. This article explores the origin of Easter and its traditions, and provides some gift idea for this holiday.
The name of the holiday, “Easter”, came from the pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon goddess named Eostre. She was the goddess of fertility and springtime. Since the rabbits and hares reproduce frequently with multiple births, the pre-Christian Anglo-Saxons believed the rabbits and hares were the earthly incarnation of Eostre. Hence, the rabbits and hares became the fertility symbols. Similarly, eggs were also fertility symbols. When the Anglo-Saxons were converted to Christianity, their springtime festival, which occurred around the same time as the Christian observance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, was combined with the Christian celebration and given the name Easter.
The bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have its origin in Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1500s. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s. According to a German legend, a white hare would leave Easter baskets filled with candies, brightly colored eggs and other goodies for good children on Easter morning. The Easter bunny was introduced to America folklore by the German immigrants. The children would build their nest in hidden places in their home, the barn or the garden. The use of Easter baskets would come later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread throughout the country.
By the 1800s, candy was commonly tucked into the baskets as well. Nowadays, Easter baskets are commonly filled with chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, candies, marshmallow Peeps, and jelly beans. The jelly bean were first associated with Easter since 1930s when they were placed in nests because jelly beans looked similar to bird’s eggs.
The popularity of Easter baskets has increased tremendously with television movie “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”. You can now order beautiful Easter gift basket that contains traditional holiday treats online without having to shop for these treats and arrange them in a basket yourself. Easter Gift Basket is an easy and fun way to let people know how much you care about them.
A wide range of beautiful Easter baskets are available. You can start your Easter tradition by sending the Deluxe Easter gift basket to family and friends. Filled with chocolate treats as well as traditional Easter favorites including fudge filled chocolate Easter eggs, milk chocolate foil Easter Bunny, Easter candy corn, Easter marshmallow bunnies, butter shortbread cookies, key lime sour drops candies, this basket of treats will delight the recipient with lots of Easter joy.
Another special gift for the entire family is the delightful Easter Extravaganza Gift Basket. Inside the pastel colored basket is an assortment of chocolates and candies to convey your holiday wishes, including creamy old fashioned walnut fudge, Cadburry cream center chocolate eggs, jelly beans, milk chocolate bunny, assorted malted eggs, candy corn, an 8″ plush Easter bunny, as well as a gift box filled with chocolate fudge brownies and foil wrapped chocolate Easter eggs.
Most of the Easter baskets include a plush bunny or duckling that greets your little friends with wishes of Easter love and joy. In addition to delicious treats, many gifts contain play dough, games, activity books with plenty of fun activities for the little boys and girls. If you prefer the kids to have more fun and games rather than sweets, then you can choose an Easter basket for kids that has more activites than sweets. For babies and young kids, you can send a little plush bunny that sings his tune and wiggle his ears, along with 10 most popular flavors of jelly beans for parents. The cute little bunny will delight the little one and the entire family.
For cookie lovers, there are plenty of delicious Easter cookies freshly baked especially for them. You can send a cookie bouquet, giant fortune cookie, or a box of hand decorated chocolate covered Oreo cookies for your holiday greetings.
In summary, Easter is a holiday celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike. There are many fun activities for the entire family, especially little boys and girls to enjoy. You can be Peter the Cottontail and send an Easter basket of chocolate bunnies, chocholate eggs, marshmallow Peeps, jelly beans, and other treats to kids of all ages.