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April 19, 2011 / sharoncopy

How did bunnies invade Easter?

I can only imagine that the current “Easter” celebration was put together by a committee. 🙂

Sometime, oh, say a hundred or more years ago, some people were tired of the usual religious ways of celebrating the resurrection of Christ, and so they put together a committee to decide on some new and more exciting trends to try. Everyone agreed that Easter should be in the Springtime, but some favored March and others liked April.  Everyone agreed that animals have babies in the Spring. Since rabbits are so proficient at it (and actually tend to have litters throughout the year, not only in the Springtime), some thought that they should be the symbol of new life. Others thought that chickens were a better symbol, as they could lay out new life on a daily basis.

The committee was rather frazzled, and finally did what all committees do: compromised. They decided that the date for Easter would vary, sometimes in March, sometimes in April, so that everyone would get a turn. The whole sneak-in-the-house Christmas thing had worked well for Santa Claus, so they agreed to start a  tradition wherein a giant bunny would sneak into homes and hide chicken eggs in peoples’ houses or yards (depending on the weather.) It would be fun for the kids and give the parents another photo opportunity, as well as a chance to lie to their kids, all in fun, of course.

And somehow, it was still supposed to have something to do with the resurrection of Christ.

More to come…

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  1. Brian / Apr 19 2011 10:34 am

    I believe the date varies because it coincides with Passover.

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