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The Real Cost of Celebrating Easter

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-04-05T16:31:11Z

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Easter Baskets

The Easter basket, which was brought to the U.S. by Germans in the 18th century, was used centuries ago in Europe to take seedlings to temples to increase the chance of a good harvest. The modern Easter basket can be cheap, such as $8 for two Pink and Purple Round Bamboo Easter Baskets at Party City. Or, candy and eggs can go in fancier options like Longaberger's 2012 Easter basket, sold for $69 in either brown or a mix of white, green, red and blue. A lid and liner add $45 to the price.