I grew up in a secular home, but none-the-less, we had Easter Baskets filled with candies and gifts on Easter morning. Now, my Dad's side of the family, being from eastern Europe and being either Orthodox or Greek Catholic I can see how we might still have residual baskets in our home.
But Easter baskets are EVERYWHERE here in America! Is there any sort of western tradition of Easter Baskets? Traditionally, Orthodox Christians prepare a feast full of fast-breaking foods and placed into a large basket which is brought to church and blessed along with everyone elses' baskets. I wonder, do the French (for example) have Easter baskets? Or the English? Do or did Roman Catholics ever have a tradition like this (I've never heard of it, if so)? perhaps they used to and do not do it anymore?
I ask, because it makes me wonder if perhaps here in America the Easter Basket craze was actually adapted from our Orthodox immigrants over the last century or so? Anyone know?
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