Hope everyone had a Wonderful and Blessed Easter yesterday! It was a beautiful day here in Spring, Texas and we took full advantage of the entire weekend, sharing joyful moments with family and friends.
I don’t know about you, but we usually have several Easter egg hunts over the span of about three days. This year was a quite a bit different now that my kids are older. Meaning we got to hide the eggs really good and make them work for it. LOL
For some reason, all of this got me to thinking. Just what is the origin of the so called Easter Bunny anyway? I’ve never heard it explained and after asking several people who gave me that “I have no idea” look I decided to Google it. Very interesting subject. It appears that this tradition dates back as far as the 1600s in Alsace and Southwestern Germany. The German settlers introduced this legendary character when they arrived in Pennsylvania during the 1700s. Edible Easter Bunnies were made in the shape of sugary pastries in Germany during the 1800s as a part of their Easter celebration where tales were told of the “Easter hare” who laid eggs for the children to find.
Another story links the Easter Bunny to an ancient Pagan legend where Goddess Eostre rescued a wounded bird in a snowy forest during the winter season and turned it into a rabbit to help it survive the chilly winter. Hence the reason the rabbit still can lay eggs. (Well now that makes sense) To show its gratitude for being saved, the rabbit then decorated its eggs in bright colors to present to the deity every spring.
I find it fascinating how traditions and customs are started and how they evolve over the years. I know I’ve enjoyed more than my share over the years of watching the kid’s eyes light up when they see that “the Easter Bunny’s been here!” And who doesn’t love a soft cuddly bunny? But my hope for everyone this year is that the true and glorious reason we now celebrate Easter, touched your heart in a very special way.
For me, it was spending time with my family, enjoying the beautiful weather and knowing that no matter what happens, our future is safe and secure forever in the one who gave the ultimate gift.
Do you have a favorite Easter memory or tradition?