Sunday, February 22, 2009
The Origins of The Easter Bunny
The first written mention of the Easter Bunny was made in southwestern Germany in the 1600s. By the early 1800s, Easter Bunnies, or "Osterhase," were being made of sugar and pastry. When Germans emigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, they brought their traditions to America, including the yearly visit from the Easter Bunny. Children typically built nests using their caps and bonnets and tucked them away at home to receive colorful eggs, if they'd been good boys and girls. The nests were eventually replaced by baskets, which are still commonly used today.