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This year we celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 21st after the 40-day period called Lent. Although this is the oldest Christian holiday to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection many people look forward to the Easter Bunny visit. Why is a bunny associated with Easter? The story of the Easter Bunny became common during the 19th century as rabbits give birth to large litters of babies called kittens. Stories tell of the Easter Bunny laying decorated eggs and hiding them as a sign of new life and fertility. We as Americans spend $1.9 billion on Easter candy with 70% of that being chocolate. Peeps are the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy with more than 700 million marshmallows sold during Easter. Another favorite for this holiday is jelly beans more than 16 million are consumed during this holiday. My personal favorite is the famous Cadbury Crème Egg with more than 1.5 million produced in Birmingham each year. Easter is the second biggest candy consuming holiday after Halloween. No matter what age you are Easter is a fun family tradition that never gets old. Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, beautiful church services, brunch, the end of lent all celebrate resurrection and new life.

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