As I was sitting and thinking about what to write for my Easter Sunday post, I began to wonder how the Easter bunny and Jesus hanging on the cross to save the world from sin became synonymous.
One theory about Easter and everyone buying new outfits assumes that this practice began because Christians wanted to wear their best clothes to give Glory to God for sacrificing His son for our sins. I can buy that. I also think it is an opportunity for people to begin putting away their winter threads and dusting off the spring fashions. But where does the Easter bunny fit into the scenario?
The following explanation is from history.com:
The Bible makes no mention of a long-eared, short-tailed creature who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Easter Sunday; nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become a prominent symbol of Christianity’s most important holiday. The exact origins of this mythical mammal are unclear, but rabbits, known to be prolific procreators, are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.
I hope you found this interesting because I am sure that I am not the only person who wondered how we got from Jesus dying on the cross to an Easter Bunny hopping around with colored eggs…