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Why do we have an Easter Bunny anyway?

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One-of-a-Kind Ceramic Bunnies

When ceramic artist Sondra Hastings brought in these wonderfully cheerful and playful bunnies, you can just imagine the reactions! These little guys can put a smile on just about anyone’s face.

What a great spring-time gift or joyous Easter homecoming idea!

But as we were setting them out (in a specially decorated “bunny hutch”), we wondered out loud what do bunnies have to do with Easter?

Naturally this promoted us to “google” what we could find out about the legendary Easter Bunny.

Did you know?

Egbert and Betty Bunny

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According to The Best Easter Bunny Lies to Tell Your Kids the Easter Bunny is a boy and his name is Egbert (get it, egg-bert?).

Mr. Easter Bunny is married to a perky and long-suffering bunny named Betty and they naturally have lot and lots of rollicking baby rabbits (which are called kittens).

Egbert works alone on Easter weekend because his wife is “Too tired after looking after all of her babies all day to even think about hiding eggs all over the world.”

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Time.com says the Easter Bunny is probably an immigrant since their sources say,

“The Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with Germans 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.”

Legend has it that the Easter Hare lays, decorates and then hides eggs because eggs are considered symbols of new life and rebirth and he wants to share this idea of hope and renewal with the world.

The custom of decorating and hiding eggs for children to find was quickly adopted into our American celebrations surrounding the Easter holiday.

So we invite you to hop on by the Mountain Made gallery and see these whimsical bunnies for yourself!

 

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