The Real Cost of Celebrating Easter

By Nikhil Hutheesing and Bloomberg Rankings - 2013-03-21T18:29:49Z

Photograph by Jessica Lewis

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Basket Full of Loot

While scores of kids race around outside looking for Easter eggs, few know where the tradition originated. The Easter basket, 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 egg hunters can opt for a fancier option, such as Longaberger's 2012 Easter basket, which sells for $72 in either brown or a mix of tan and pink and blue.