Did you know, the origin of the Easter bunny traces back to Germany

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

Holidays always make me reminisce and share stories and laughs with family and friends. I try hard to pass on some of the traditions that I grew up with to my children. 

I remember the art of blowing out and painting eggs without breaking them. I remember an Easter Egg tree that we "stumbled" upon during a walk in the woods (years later my parents told us that it was my uncle who had sprinted ahead and decorated a random tree), 4- day weekends, family dinners with lamb, Easter bonfires and, of course, lots of chocolate. And, I remember, the Easter bunny. Did you know that its origin traces back to Germany? It's called "der Osterhase" in German by the way. 

I still paint eggs with my children but have given up on the blowing out part. I'll be staying up late to hide them and little surprises. They'll be going on their egg hunt in the morning and another one in the afternoon. There won't be any lamb at my Easter dinner (20 year vegetarian here) but lots of chocolate for sure. 

What about you? If you celebrate Easter, do you have any special memories or traditions that you would like to share? 

German Easter Traditions


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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I never knew that, thanks for sharing and Happy Easter!

Apr 15, 2017 09:09 PM #1
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Andrea Bedard - interesting fact for sure - thanks for sharing the history of Easter. (Growing up in India, Easter was not the mainstream celebration.)

Apr 15, 2017 10:41 PM #2
Debbie Gartner
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I didn't realize the easter bunny had its origins in Germany.  How interesting.

Apr 16, 2017 04:14 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The only tradtion we had was buying new clothes for the Easter Sunday service.

Apr 16, 2017 04:19 AM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Traditions are what define a civilization and we appreciate your information here in this post. Happy Easter!

Apr 16, 2017 05:03 AM #5
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Thanks for sharing the origin of the Easter bunny, I had no idea.  I'm sure you east chocolate a lot, it is a vegetable, right since it comes for a bean?!

Apr 17, 2017 10:16 AM #6
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Happy Easter Andrea,

Good to know of the German connections to some of our Easter traditions, a lot of Germans in my family.

I hope that it was a special day for you and your loved ones!


Apr 18, 2017 11:12 PM #7
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I forgot about blowing out eggs! 

One of my favorite Easter memories as a kid was that every year my parents would start a trail of easter candy and chocolates from our bedroom leading to our easter basket.  I thought that was so fun and I think about it every year. We don't do it because of our dog and we are afraid he'd gobble up all the candy and get sick from the chocolate.  I had a dog growing up though, so I am not really sure how that dog didn't eat any of it.  

Fun, fond memories and I am certain we are giving them to our kids in our own way as well! 


Apr 22, 2017 10:41 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Hi Andrea - yes, that is right.  Der Osterhase did come from Germany.  Years ago, as a child I blew out the eggs. 

May 03, 2017 08:39 AM #9
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