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Origins of the Easter Bunny

Origins of the Easter Bunny

According to Wikipedia (March, 2009), the Easter Bunny is a mythical creature who brings baskets filled with colored eggs and other presents to children. The Easter Bunny is like Santa Claus in that both bring their gifts to children the evening before their respective holiday celebrations.

There is much speculation as to when and how the Easter Bunny originated. Some attribute the emergence of the iconic Easter symbol in Alsace and southwestern Germany in German writings in the 1600s. The edible version are said to have been made in Germany in the 1800s.

Its origins in northern America are dated back to German settlers in 1700s, where "Oschter Haws" was considered one of "childhood's greatest pleasures," similar to the arrival of Kris Kringle (German: Christkindl) on Christmas Eve.

According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests, often out of caps and bonnets, in secluded areas of their homes. The Oschter Haws would, if the children had been good, lay brightly colored eggs in the nest. As the tradition spread, the nest has become the manufactured, modern Easter basket, and the placing of the nest in a secluded area has become the tradition of hiding baskets (Wikipedia, March, 2009).


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