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LILIES AND PEEPS

A-tisket a-tasket, an Easter basket of trivia:

Thirteenth-century Macedonians were the first Christians known to use colored eggs in Easter celebrations.

The white lily is a symbol of Christ's resurrection, and that's why it's sometimes referred to as an Easter lily.

Easter represents 10 percent of all candy sales annually in the United States, or about $1.9 billion. Halloween's sales are larger ($2.1 billion) followed by Christmas ($1.3 billion) and Valentine's Day ($1 billion).

The tradition of chocolate Easter bunnies dates back to 19th century America, which borrowed it from Germany. Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year, with 76 percent of Americans saying that the ears should be eaten first.

Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps. In 1953, it took 27 hours to create a Marshmallow Peep; today it takes six minutes.

Sources: preferredcustomer.com; yummymath.com; paaseastereggs.com; kidzworld.com; smithsonianmag.com
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Title Annotation:Oregon Life
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 24, 2011
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