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Easter Traditions

History of the Easter Egg

Coloring and giving eggs at springtime probably goes back to ancient Egyptian, even Greek and Roman times. A sign of new life, the egg became the Easter Egg, porbably during medieval Germany, where special eggs were given to children on Easter morning.

Origin of the Easter Bunny

We probably have the Germans to thank for the Easter Bunny, where it was first mentioned in writing in the 1500s. By the early 1800s, Germans were making edible Easter bunnies. And, the Easter bunny was introduced to American children by German settlers in the 1700s.

Easter Baskets

Easter baskets are made to look like birds' nests. Lined with grass, they were a safe and cozy place for eggs. Today's Easter baskets, lined with "grass." are a safe and cozy place for JELL-O EGG JIGGLERS, jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and other treats.

Jell-O Easter Eggs

JELL-O® JIGGLERS® and JELL-O EGG JIGGLERS have been kid favorites for several years now. Check out our great new JELL-O® Bean mold in the JELL-O® Corner Store and make your own JIGGLERS® in all your favorite colors. Try JELL-O Beans for a pretty and delicious treat.

White House Easter Egg Roll

The custom of the Easter Egg Roll in this country got started when John Payne Todd, son of President James Madison and his wife Dolly, told his mother that children of ancient Egypt rolled eggs outside the pyramids. While that bit of historical trivia cannot be proven, a White House Easter Egg Roll has taken place, usually on the South Lawn, since the fourth presidency. Humpty Dumpty has been known to make an appearance at the annual Easter Egg Roll.

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