As the weather begins to warm, tiny tubular spikes poke their way through the soil and sometimes snow, reaching for the sky until they explode into 6 petals of beautiful floral glory. Each year the tulip is one of the first signs that signify the beginning of an affliction that many of us are susceptible to. Spring fever usually sets in around mid to late March and compels us to ready ourselves for the oncoming warm weather with cleaning rituals and wardrobe changes.
Another yearly event that signifies that Spring is upon us is seen on the store shelves lined with bunnies, baskets, and pastel colored candy. Easter, a Spring holiday that many us enjoy celebrating by decorating our homes with bunny theme decor, and filling baskets with treats, candy and toys.
Most of us are familiar with the origins of Easter and incorporate the religious elements into our Easter celebrations. However, we also enjoy the more modern Easter traditions that have evolved over the last few centuries. So how did Easter evolve into a holiday that is celebrated by receiving baskets of eggs, candy, and gifts from a Bunny?
The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the "Easter Hare" originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide. The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy, and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holidays. The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus ('About Easter Eggs') in 1682, referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter eggs for the children.
The idea of an egg-giving hare went to the U.S. in the 18th century. Protestant German immigrants in the Pennsylvania Dutch area told their children about the "Osterhase" (sometimes spelled "Oschter Haws"). Hase means "hare", not rabbit, and in Northwest European folklore the "Easter Bunny" indeed is a hare. According to the legend, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter.
So, today we decorate our homes, schools, work places, and stores with cartoon images of the Bunny Rabbit delivering goodies to children in pastel decorated baskets.
Decorative Easter Bunny Wreaths
Decorative Easter wreaths are a fun way to decorate your front door. They are usually decorated with Spring flowers and a "Happy Easter" message for your neighbors and passers by.
Easter Bunny Theme Apparel
Bunny theme and print apparel can be a fun way to express your Easter spirit. They can also make great Easter gifts for friends and family or used to fill Easter baskets.
Bunny Theme Handbags and Totes
These cute Bunny theme handbags will also make great Easter gifts and fun to carry all year long. They can also be a cute alternative to an Easter basket filled with Easter treats for a teen girl.
Bunny Theme Home Decor
Bunnies have always been a fun and cute theme for home decor. These Bunny theme items can double as Easter decor and yearly home decor.
Bunny Theme Women's Shoes
These cute Bunny theme women's shoes would be fun to wear to any Spring celebration or event. You are sure to get a lot of attention and compliments when wearing any of these cute Bunny shoes.