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5 Great American Easter Traditions

Easter, the traditional Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is observed throughout the world in many different cultures. There are even a few Easter traditions that originated in the United States. For instance, did you know that Peeps, those oddly delicious marshmallow bunnies, were created in Pennsylvania? No matter where the tradition originated, Americans have a way of making it their own. Here’s a list of our favorites.


The Top Five Easter Traditions

These are our five favorites in no particular order.

  1. Easter Brunch

    • Easter is always on a Sunday and since there is no official holiday the following day, its right back to work for most people. In order to avoid the stress of traveling right after a big holiday feast, most families opt for a brunch instead. This way, families and friends have time to unwind a little after their big meal before hitting the road to go back home.
    • In the states, brunch is usually served with ham, vegetables, and potato salad. There can even be a casserole or two, depending on what your guests manage to bring over. For those lucky enough to live in the warmer states like Arizona or Florida, families often Grill and eat brunch outside while the kids do their Easter egg hunt in the backyard.

Speaking of which....




  1. Easter Egg Rolls

    • Everybody knows about Easter egg hunts, but you may not be familiar with its lesser known cousin, the Easter egg roll. The egg roll is basically a race, where participants roll a hard-boiled egg across a lawn or grass surface towards a finish line or goal. There are different variations of the game, but that is the basic concept. What makes the egg roll a great American Easter tradition is that the White House has held an annual event on its lawn since 1814 which was began by First Lady Dolley Madison.


  1. Hot-Cross Buns

    • You probably know the song, but have you ever actually eaten a hot-cross bun? These delicious spiced-sweet treats are made with currants or raisins. The bun itself marks the end of Lent. The different parts of the hot cross bun have a certain meaning, including the cross representing the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signifying the spices used to embalm him at his burial. The origins of the tradition can be traced all the way back to the Greeks, but it was thought to be popularized in 14th Century England. Recently Americans have made it their own by making the cross out of frosting versus the traditional method of using shortcrust pastry.


  1. Easter Trees

    • The Easter tradition of Ostereierbaum (or decorating Easter Trees) started in Germany centuries ago, although no one is certain of why or how it was started. It has since spread across the world with many families decorating small and large trees both inside and outside of their homes. Easter Trees are, as you can imagine, decorated in bright pastel colors with eggs, streamers, and other ornaments. People even collect branches from outside and put them into a vase to hang decorations on. The “tree” is then used as a creative centerpiece for Easter brunch.
  1. Peeps

    • Peeps are a truly American original. These marshmallow candies are shaped into bunnies, chicks, and other animals and have become an Easter candy staple. They were originally created by the Rodda Candy Company but were popularized after the company was bought in 1953 by Just Born, a candy company based out of Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Originally produced by hand, Just Born moved Peeps into mass production and they quickly become the largest manufacturer of marshmallow candies in the world. Each year, 2 billion Peeps are produced,made specifically for Easter a third of which aren’t even consumed.

The Founders Series by Louisiana Grills – Where Tradition Meets Innovation


In the United States, grilling is also a traditional Easter staple with wood pellet grills driving innovation. If you’re interested in a wood pellet grill, be sure to check out The Founders Series, arriving this Fall. The Founders Series features game changing designs by the inventor of the pellet grill himself, Joe Traeger and Louisiana Grills Founder Dan Thiessen.

Dansons is in no way affiliated with Traeger Grills.

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