April 12, 2017
“Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down the bunny trail, hippityhoppin’ Easter’s on its way.”
How many times have you sang this song and never thought about who created Peter Cottontail aka the Easter Bunny?
Easter is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, but the seasonal chocolate eggs and the bunny who delivers them are nowhere to be found in scripture.
The exact origins of the Easter bunny are not known. One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan tradition, specifically the festival of Eostre whose goddess of fertility was a bunny.
Eggs are also representative of new life. Decorating eggs for Easter dates back to the 13th century. In the 19th century, Russian high society started exchanging ornately decorated eggs with some being jewel encrusted on Easter thus the Fabergé egg.
The celebration of the Easter Bunny came to American through German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700’s. The children would make nests in which this creature would lay its colored eggs. The role of the Easter Bunny was to evaluate whether children had been good or disobedient in their behavior at the start of the Easter season.
It was always a joy for me to create the Easter baskets for my two children. I always tried to fill them with their favorite candies. I only found out a couple of years ago that they both would hide the “peeps in the bottom of the garbage because they both hated that candy!
Be sure to buy your candy and other surprises for the Easter baskets from local merchants. Shopping local is always your gift back to our community.
Today, most Christians refer to the week before Easter as Holy Week. You have the opportunity all week to participate in services at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Grand Avenue, North at Noon each day. The sermons and special musical performances will be provided by various churches in our area.
On behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors and staff, I want to wish you an Easter celebration with great happiness.