Easter Egg Traditions

History of the Easter Egg

Coloring and giving eggs at springtime probably dates back as far as ancient Egyptian, even Greek and Roman times. A sign of new life, the egg probably became the Easter Egg in medieval Germany, where special eggs were given to children on Easter morning.


Origin of the Easter Bunny

We probably have the Germans to thank for the Easter Bunny where it was first mentioned in writing in the 1500s. The Easter bunny was introduced to American children by German settlers in the 1700s. By the early 1800s, Germans were making edible Easter bunnies.

 

White House Easter Egg Roll

The custom of the Easter Egg Roll in this country began when John Payne Todd, son of President James Madison and his wife Dolly, told his mother that children of ancient Egypt rolled eggs outside the pyramids. While that bit of historical trivia cannot be proven, a White House Easter Egg Roll has taken place, usually on the South Lawn, since the fourth presidency. Humpty Dumpty has been known to make an appearance at the annual Easter Egg Roll.


Easter Egg Hunt

  • Fill large plastic eggs in advance with age-appropriate toys, stickers and wrapped candy Tip: Keep safety in mind and avoid choosing small hard objects or round or sticky candies that may pose a choking hazard for children under 6 years of age.
  • Hands-on activities will be part of the day. Some guests should take charge of hiding the Easter eggs while others will oversee preparing the crafts for the kids and helping with the food.
  • Everyone must eat before the egg hunt begins. A kids' table could be set up with easy to eat finger foods and a grown ups' table could contain more adult fare.
  • To begin the egg hunt, have the kids line up, youngest to oldest. Each child gets a decorative gift bag or basket lined with "grass" to collect and hold their eggs.
  • It's nice to have prizes for all the little Easter Egg collectors so no one feels left out at the end of the hunt, regardless of how many eggs they find!
  • Take a photo of each family. Each group can save their photo as a keepsake of the day. Some families even hire someone to dress as the Easter Bunny and pose with them for portraits.