we know the Easter Bunny as "The
Easter Bunny". The look of the Easter Bunny is not as clearly
defined as Santa Claus. He's usually all white with clothes, but
other versions have him as yellow or any color. Sometimes he's
not seen wearing clothes. But one thing DOES link all stories of
the Easter Bunny together: He brings brightly colored eggs,
candy, and other gifts before the morning of Easter Sunday. The
Easter Bunny hides the eggs outside for children to find. The
candy and gifts are packaged in a basket inside the house.
In the continent of Europe, their version of the Easter Bunny is the Easter Hare. What's the difference between a bunny and a hare? Here are a few tipoffs.
In the country of Panama, there is the Easter Conejo ("painted rabbit").
Conejo has smaller ears than the U.S.A. Easter Bunny and its brown back is covered with white spots like a fawn would have (therefore, "painted").
A popular rhyme among children about the Conejo goes like this:
when the days are nice and sunny;
she looks like a piggy,
and a little like a bunny!"
Bunny Come From?: The legend of the Easter Bunny was not
originally an Easter symbol. It has its origins in Alsace (a
region of France) and The Upper Rhineland (an area of Germany).
It's hard to say when this practice first began. The earliest
mention of the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs was in a German publication
in the early 1600s. It most likely started much sooner.
first edible Easter Eggs were made in Germany sometime in the early
1800s and consisted of pastry and sugar.
how did the story of the Easter Bunny reach America? German
immigrants who settled in the Pennsylvania Dutch area brought the
legend with them in the 1700s. They called this character the
"Osterhase". The Osterhase didn't hide the eggs outside.
Rather, he sneaked the eggs inside the house and put them in the nest
made out of a cap or bonnet.
Easter Basket and the Easter Bunny are forever linked. The
German tradition had children build brightly colored nests from caps or
bonnets, using real hay. All children would expect at that time
were brightly painted, hard-cooked eggs. Baskets were not common
in Germany, nor were they common when Germans first settled in
America. However, as time and technology improved, the caps and
bonnets upgraded to baskets. In the 20th century, baskets went
from being hand-made to manufactured.
addition of candy came to Easter Baskets somewhere in the
1800s. There wasn't much for candy until the 1800s. Once
the 1870s hit, candy was everywhere. But candy was a real novelty
for that entire century, and it was added to the baskets to make the
day more fun. Eventually, real eggs were taken out of the baskets
altogether and replaced with candy and other presents. But Easter
Eggs weren't done away with; not at all. The new tradition of the
Easter Egg Hunt now began.
rascally Easter Bunny now brought the Easter Baskets in the house,
filled to heaping with candy and gifts, while he hid the Easter Eggs
outside for children to find.
element to Easter Baskets is the jelly bean. Jelly beans
and Easter Baskets are nearly synomynous, but why? In the 1930s,
jelly beans first came out on the market. People thought they
were cool because they looked like bright little Easter Eggs.
Therefore, people started to use jelly beans to dress up an Easter
Basket. Some people like to eat jelly beans, others do not, but
everyone admits they look cool.
the 1950s, a lot of people have taken the easy way out and bought
pre-made Easter Baskets, but nothing beats the quality of a
personally-made Easter Basket. Parents, make your own Easter
Baskets! Kids CAN tell the difference between a real Easter
Basket and a cheaply-made store Basket. A good Easter Basket
makes the day more fun for little ones, and it's not that hard to do,
nor is it that expensive.