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Where Did He Come From?
to Johann Conrad Gilbert, ca. 1800.
How did the annual tradition of the Easter Bunny bringing treats begin? There are several theories on the origin of the Easter Bunny itself through history. At some point in time these traditions were brought to America by European immigrants and the Easter Bunny evolved into the symbol of Spring and Easter that it is known as today. It is believed that the Easter Bunny tradition was first introduced to America as far back as the late 1700s or early 1800s, based on German traditions in which the annual rebirth of Spring included a mythical hare called Osterhase or Oschter Haws that actually laid eggs.
As the tradition evolved in America, families and children would make nests so that this mythical hare could lay its colorful eggs. The nests eventually were replaced by baskets, and the tradition further evolved to decorated eggs being hidden for the children to find on Easter morning.
Over the years the Easter Bunny, as it came to be known, began to deliver not just colorful eggs but also chocolate and other sweet treats, and even toys, in the decorated baskets.
The Easter Bunny became a popular shape for the special treats that were created for Spring and the Easter season. Today, even as American family celebrations continue to evolve and change with the times, most of the chocolate candies sold for the Easter season are either bunny or egg shaped – maintaining a link to the origins and traditions of the past.
Britt Peterson: “What Created the Easter Bunny”, Boston Globe, April 3, 2015
History.com: “Easter Symbols and Traditions
Discovery.com: “What Does the Easter Bunny Have To Do With Easter?”, April 19, 2014
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