"Here comes Peter Cottontail
hoppin' down the bunny trail
Easters on its way!"
The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian
fertility lore. The Hare and the Rabbit were the most fertile animals
known and they served as symbols of the new life during the Spring season.
The bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have
it's origins in Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings
in the 1500s. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany
during the early 1800s. And were made of pastry and sugar
The Easter bunny was introduced to American
folklore by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch
country during the 1700s. The arrival of the "Oschter Haws"
was considered "childhood's greatest pleasure" next to a visit from
Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve. The children believed that if they
were good the "Oschter Haws" would lay a nest of colored
The children would build their nest in a secluded
place in the home, the barn or the garden. Boys would use their caps
and girls their bonnets to make the nests . The use of elaborate Easter
baskets would come later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread
through out the country.
"Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Happy Easter day"