Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Easter Bunny..........and It's Origin

The Easter Bunny as an Easter Symbol bringing Easter eggs seems to have it's origins in Alsace and the Upper Rhineland, both then in the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation, and the Southwest Germany, where it was recorded in a German publication in the early 1600's.

The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the 1800's and were made of pastry and sugar.

The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the German settlers who arrived to Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700's.

The arrival of the "Oschter Haws" was considered a "Childhood's greatest pleasure" next to a visit from Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve. The children believed that if they were gook the "Oschter-Haws" would lay a nest of colored eggs.

I remember as a little girl growing up on a farm in Iowa that at Easter one year we got little baby ducks that had been dyed with various colors. I have never quite seen anything like this crazy colored rabbit. Poor rabbbbbit...............

I still remember the day..........the very day that my brother told me the truth. I even remember where I was standing and in what room...........It was a shocker. There are just those very times that make your world stand still and that you will always remember .............I was probably about age 10 or so. Thanks Steven...So if those of you who know me think I have issues.....well.......I am putting the blame on the "Easter Tale Shocker" Ha Ha!

1 comment:

janis said...

I love Easter. Has always been my favorite Holiday but I am so busy lately I haven't even got out my Easter stuff! maybe today after work...at least do an Easter tree in the front yard!
This was a lovely post. Thank you Brooke!