The Easter Bunny, in a moment of quiet reflection.

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The first time the Easter Hare was mentioned in print was in a writing by Georg Franck von Franckenau’s De ovis paschalibus, ‘About Easter Eggs’ in 1682. This folklore originated with the German lutherans.

The Easter Hare brought colored eggs, candy, and sometimes toys in a basket to those good children at Eastertide.

Yet historically, the forerunner of the Easter Hare lore can be traced all the way back to around 1500 in the poem Blowbol’s Test.

“Thanne pey begyn to swere and to stare, And be as braynies as a Marshe hare.

Which of course translates to the old saying, “Mad as a March hare!” Our most adored western cultural memory of this lore is embraced in the 1865 story, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.

The Easter Bunny, Fireworks Gallery, Westfield Southcenter, Tukwila WA.

I don’t recall remembering that in Europe it’s the Easter Hare, and here it’s the Easter Rabbit.

In the De Ratione Temporum by the Venerable Bede (672 - 735 CE) it's said that Easter was named after the Great Mother Goddess Eostre (or Eastre) of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. I love the history of Easter both christian and pagan. It's a fascinating tapestry of our human story and dates back to the beginning of time.

As a kid I remember Easter Egg Hunts, the 1949 song Here Comes Peter Cottontail, festive Easter dinners and going to church for Easter Service in a new outfit and shoes. Mom made us 3 boys matching sport shirts 5 or 6 of those years. And of course, we watched the 1948 musical movie The Easter Parade starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire many times.

It was interesting this day to discover the wonderful display with the Easter Bunny at Fireworks Gallery in Westfield Southcenter this month. There was a lull in the lunchtime hustle bustle at the mall and it was like I happened by while he was in a moment of quiet reflection. Or was that me?

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Great post! I can see why Kathy included it this week in her summary!  Well done!

Mar 29, 2015 12:36 AM #37
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I knew nothing of that easter hare history. Thanks for sharing this with us Rene.

Mar 29, 2015 01:15 AM #38
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Rene, "I happened by" earlier this week to take in what reflective moments Peter Cottontail was having, then got pulled away by business if I recall. Found it again, thanks to Kathy Streib our dear friend!

I cannot stress enough how lovely your writings and musings are. 

I was whisked away into Wonderland, in many ways. Thank you my friend!

Mar 29, 2015 02:55 AM #39
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Some interesting history on the rabbit we used to seek at Easter time.  Was always so glad he just left chocolate behind

Mar 29, 2015 07:20 AM #40
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Oh how nice this is.  I love your story/history.  Something nice to share. Thank you.

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Hi Inna Ivchenko ... Thanks! It was a fun piece to write.

We're never to old Nina Hollander ... to learn something new! Thanks!

 

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Thank you so much Kathy Streib for including this in your weekly post! I'm honored!

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Thanks Lottie Kendall !.. It brought up some good memories for me too!

Hi Joanna Cohlan ... it's a wonderful tapestry!

Hi Dorie Dillard ... Wasn't it so festive and wonderful going to church and everyone was dressed up in their Easter Sunday best!

 

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Thanks Michael Jacobs ... Indeed, I've learned a lot actually at the malls this year. And Activerain too! :O)

Hi Sharon Tara ... I so remember signing Here Comes Peter Cottontail as a little kid! That is so cool about your grandson... I bet he is pretty excited about Easter this here!

Thanks Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647 !

You bet Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert ! and Thanks!

 

 

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Thanks Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 ! Actually it was kind of hard to chop it into blog size. The 'rabbit hole' I went down was deep and long! ;O) 

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Indeed Ed Silva :O) Our neighbor many years ago raised rabbits... It wasn't chocolate they were dropping everywhere.

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Thanks Cindy Edwards ! A little on the lighter side for sure. Thanks again.

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Rene - I am now far more educated about the March Hare and the Easter Bunny.

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You got that right, Rene. Today I learned from Debbie Laity that lilacs come in colors other than lilac! Who knew? I sure didn't!

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Thanks for the tidbits about easter and the hare

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Rene -- I was just wondering how the Easter bunny originated and when.  Thanks for this informative post.

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Hi Christine Donovan ! Me too! ;O) Thanks!

Thanks Nina Hollander ... My Uncle Emile was wonderful with plants and grafted many trees. One he did for my grandmother (his younger sister) was a deep purple French and a white lilac... What was awesome was as it matured every imaginable shade inbetween came about. It was a beautiful tree.

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Hi Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239 ! You bet! Thanks for dropping by...

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Hi Joan Whitebook ... Funny, I thought the same a couple of weeks ago and went down the proverbial 'rabbit hole' online... It was a fun trip! Thanks!

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Hope the rabbit is rested and read for Sunday. 

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