As a child, I remember thinking it was weirdÂ that the Easter Bunny Â brought eggs. Â And exasperatingÂ that no one else thought that was a bit strange. Â Being the person in the family responsible for snatching
eggs Â from beneath cranky settingÂ hens, I knew for sure where eggsÂ came from.
Turns out, though, Â there really is aÂ logical explanationÂ for the egg-bearing Â bunny. Â Â According to Wikipedia, German LutheransÂ Â apparently established the tradition of the “Easter Hare.”
But far from the cuddly bunny with big pink ears, the original Easter bunny (after all these were not only Lutherans, but GERMAN Lutherans) was actually a stern judge-bunny, dispensing his coveted eggs only to those children who had been good over the Lenten season.
And as for the eggs, earlyÂ churches abstained from themÂ during Lent. Â And lackingÂ refrigeration, the only way to keep them from spoiling was to boil them so they could eat themÂ after the fast was ended. Â And Â they probably decorated them as part of the celebration. Â So that explains a lot.
But Â I still find an EasterÂ bunny (especially a chocolate one)Â Â distracting to the Easter message of resurrection and hope. Â I don’t think the idea of theÂ Easter bunny isÂ harmful to children; I just think itÂ shortchangesÂ them Â because it missesÂ the life-giving Â Easter message of hope; the gift of new beginnings,
I don’t have fond memories of the annual Â Easter egg hunt, where my basket always needed help from the Sunday School teacher. Â In retrospect, I know this was because of my uncorrected myopia, but still, I think I would have preferred to learn about the Easter Lily.