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The egg has been considered as an ancient symbol of life, birth and hope.  It is believed that the Crusaders brought Eastern traditions to Europe when they returned, among those were the traditions of the egg and it's special significnce.

The Anglo Saxon Goddess of the Dawn was named Ostara or Eostre, from which our English word of Easter has it's origins.  The first day of spring was reserved as a festival to honor Ostara and the birth of the life giving season of Spring.  Like other Goddesses, Ostara had a craft or two up her sleeve and after she changed a bird into a rabbit, the rabbit too became part of the rituals snd traditions surrounding that Easter symbol.

Germans created the first sweet Easter Rabbit in the early 19th century, today millions of Chocolate Easter Bunnies and Chocolate Easter Chicks of every imaginable type are stuffed into decorated Easter baskets and enjoyed by children and adults alike.  You can enjoy floppy ear rabbits of every color and shape and chocolate covered everything you can imagine.

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And now for the commercial side to holidays.  According to The National Confectioner's Association, North Americans ate 7 billion pounds of candy in 2011.  Not all  "candy"  is real Chocolate which is why it's called a confection.

Here are some Easter Candy facts:

     *   North Americans gobble the most candy on  Halloween  counting for $2 billion in sales
     *   Easter Chocolate  sales ring up $1.9 billion yearly.
     *   Christmas Gift Chocolates  sales reach $1.4 billion.
     *   Valentine's Day   follows with over $1 billion.  That was a bit of a surprise for me.
     *   90 million Chocolate Easter Bunnies are produced for Easter each year.
     *   Surveys show 76% of Americans munch the Bunnies ears first, 5% begin with the feet and 4% start with the Bunny tail.

North Americans have forgotten the spiritual significance of the egg, but it's symbol is unmistakeable at every Easter across the country.  Chocolate Easter eggs, Chocolate rabbits and many foil covered chocolates are sold virtually everywhere.

Every time you are involved with any holiday or religious traditions or rituals, you are linking yourself to ancient celebrations once enjoyed by your ancestors.  Even if you have forgotten the original meaning of the symbolism, it's still there.  Celebrate the joy of Spring and remember how things were in the past.

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