WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It's almost Easter and many children are looking forward to their family traditions.
12-year-old Aysha Miller of Springfield told 22News, 'In our backyard we set eggs and do Easter egg hunts with the little kids and stuff so they can have fun."
Many traditions are simple.
9-year-old Sandy Gonzalez told 22News, "I usually have a feast with my family and pray."
Other traditions have grown.
Easter baskets that are not only filled with sweet treats from the Easter bunny but also include some bigger ticket items.
Miller explained, "Some games that we want and if we have a game they give us toys and stuff."
The National Retail Federation estimates families will spend on average just over $145 this Easter. That's $17.2 billion overall.
Most of that will be spent on a family meal, an Easter brunch or dinner; a total of $5.4 billion. $3 billion will be on Easter clothing. Another $2.5 billion goes towards candy. The rest is on decorations, gifts and flowers.
Peter Soule of Durocher Florist in West Springfield says Easter is getting busier each year, but so are all the holidays.
He explained, "I've seen a trend in the floral industry where people are spending more in general, coming back to 2009 when we had the economic downturn, but every holiday and every season is a little busier than the previous one and it's good to see."