THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Tales from the old-timer
Issue Date: April 11, 2012
Easter Bunny Alive and Well
My wife and I got an Easter card from one of her cousins in Switzerland, more than 3,000 miles away in Central Europe. The cover is shown here in a reproduction.
There are five images of an Easter Bunny shown. Looking it up, I learned that the Easter that celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus was absorbed by Germanic Peoples in connection with primitive Germanic of Easter as Christians know it from many centuries ago, and Aester was originally a pagan festival in honor of the ancient Germanic Goddess of Spring.
By the time I was about four I recognized that the Easter Bunnys visit for Easter morning was really a whimsical, gentle, loving spoof perpetrated on children every Easter Sunday morning, and Easter itself was absorbed by Early Christians - time to celebrate after 6 weeks of gloomy Lent with its self-denials and the remembered tragedy and horror of Good Fridays crucifixion of Christ, for the glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday, its date chosen by the new moon after March 31st every year.
At our house, each of us kids had three Easter baskets, one big one and two little ones, for the Bunny to fill up with jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and tinfoil-wrapped goodies! He never failed us even after the Easter Bunny fable had lost some of its luster in the midst of the Great Depression fable started in 1929.
So even now, in my 87th year, the Easter Bunny is alive and well, and he left a whole basket of colored Easter eggs on the kitchen table last night along with a big chocolate egg wrapped up in gaudy tinfoil!