Which came first on Easter? The egg or the rabbit?

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 05:41 PM.

And the Easter bonnet?

Leave it to the kiddies. Why have to look all over for goodies and little eggs when one could make a cuddly bed for the present bearing hare? So came the tradition of making nests for him and even using one’s hat stuffed with nice green munching grass to lure the magic rabbit to spend the night and leave a present in return. Even better, female bunnies liked colorful ribbons, so bows made a basket nest a tempting decorator’s showcase.

The custom sailed over with our colonial German settlers and was passed on to all religions in the colonies.

Lastly, why the colored eggs? The egg, the giver of life, could be easily embellished in gold and silver plus jewel encrusted for the European nobility. The rich could offer their wives, secret courtly lovers, and the royal children glittering and sparkling ovals when found on Easter morning. But not to be out-done, the lower classes would hard boil them and dip in dyes or paint on them for their children to discover. Check out the Imperial Faberge Eggs for ultimate splendor on the Internet and you’ll understand. 

The Easter bunny and egg were founded on religious principles. Ah, but the commercial enterprising human mind crossed the line … and behold came the chocolate bunny!

Fair winds to ye matey.

Chick Huettel is a long-time Walton County resident, writer and artist. He is a member of a number of local organizations including the Emerald Coast Archeological Society.

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