The Easter Bunny is a children’s story that focuses on a rabbit that brings Easter eggs to children. German settlers introduced the Easter Bunny in America in the 18th Century. According to this tradition, children would build brightly colored nests and if the children had been good, the Easter Bunny would leave them eggs and treats in those baskets.
The Easter Bunny today is a major symbol of the Easter holiday and most children can identify him as easily as they can identify Santa Claus. Children are thrilled to participate in the tradition of getting baskets and hunting for Easter eggs. Often many Easter egg hunting events will feature a person dressed as a bunny for parents to get pictures and for children to enjoy meeting the Easter Bunny.
The Easter Bunny is viewed today as a “hopping life size bunny” that brings gifts to children in the form of Easter baskets filled with colored eggs, candy and (sometimes) gifts. The Easter Bunny was first introduced to Americans by German settlers during the 1700s. The bunny, delivering Easter eggs, originated in the Holy Roman Empire and South Western Germany.
The Easter Bunny is characterized in multiple descriptions. The Catholics believe that the rabbit is a pagan symbol or emblem of fertility. Rabbits or hares, being the most fertile animals known, serve as a symbol of new life and a symbol of spring. Some people like to have these collectibles to remind of the promise of new life and new beginnings.
Collectors and decorators use these items for the holidays to dress up holiday tables and to give a home a breath of spring and festive color.