What’s With the Bunny?

Bunnies, Bunnies everywhere! I confess I am an avid participant in the bunny decor madness this time of year. Who can blame me? Bunnies are adorable with their fluffy tails and floppy ears! Every time I see a cute image of the Easter Bunny, I can’t help but say, “Aww!” Kinda ironic since I’m seriously allergic to hare hair.

Bunnies evoke thoughts of new birth and springtime. Put a bunny, a chick, and a little lamb on a piece of paper, and you have yourself the perfect “Welcome Spring” greeting card. These images are a sure sign Easter can’t be too far away. Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the Easter Bunny? The obvious answer begins with ‘chocolate’ and ends with ‘candy egg.’

                                                                                                                            

Happy Easter – pingpao @ Stock.adobe.com

Origins of The Easter Bunny

Popular theories suggest German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania way back in the 1700s brought the Easter Bunny from the old country. Their “Osterhase” was an egg-laying hare. Little tikes used to make nests for the Osterhase to lay its eggs. However, the American Candy Industry flipped the script and promoted baskets instead for holding their Easter-themed treats.

Great. Now I’m craving a chocolate-covered marshmallow egg, but I’ll settle for some wonderful seasonal reads instead.

My Top Suggested Readings for The Season

NOTE – We’re talking bunnies here, so it may be a temptation to read to the kiddos. I’ve included a suggested rating system to help you determine if these recommendations are little bunny friendly.

My Emotions Rating

Happy Bunny – Light, Uplifting

Raw Rabbit – Dark, A Bit Disturbing

Recommended Reading About Bunnies

  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (Happy Bunny)
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams (Raw Rabbit)

Recommended Reading About New Beginnings

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Mostly Happy Bunny, but a few darker spots)
  • Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Mostly Happy Bunny, but Adult Bunnies only in some parts)
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (Happy Bunny)
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (Happy Bunny)
  • Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach (Happy Bunny)

On My Reading List

  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • The Runaway Wife by Dee MacDonald

Have a Happy Easter and a wonderful Spring!

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