You wouldn’t know it by the weather, but Easter is just around the corner! The Easter Bunny himself (herself?) made a special appearance at my son’s school yesterday, and we have plans for an egg hunt this weekend. How fun!
I can remember a few years back when I asked my daughters if they wanted to go see the Easter Bunny. I was completely unprepared for my then three-year old to respond by saying excitedly, “yeah, but where does he live?”
“He lives… at his house….in Bunnyville,” I replied as my husband shot me a look from across the table as if to say “ha-ha, glad I’m not the one she asked.” I continued to explain to my daughter. “We are going to see him at the mall though, because that’s where he visits children.”
“Oh,” she said and the questions stopped. Thank goodness I said to myself because I honestly have NO IDEA what goes on with the Easter Bunny. I know he leaves candy and trinkets in baskets and hides plastic eggs filled with treats but that’s about it!
Am I the only one who finds the Easter Bunny hard to explain to my kids? There really is no consistent story or legend behind this bunny’s existence. Everybody knows that Santa lives at the North Pole with his reindeer, elves and Mrs. Claus, but where does the Easter Bunny live?
There are so many unanswered questions. Who is this mysterious bunny? Is he the same bunny who was caught in Mr. McGregor’s garden time and time again? Is his name Peter? Where does he live? What is his story? How does he get inside our houses? Does he make the candy in a workshop? Does he have helpers? Does he talk? Is he even a boy or could the Easter Bunny be a girl?
Wikipedia states that the Easter Bunny or Easter Rabbit (aka Spring Bunny) “is a character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs who sometimes is depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature brings baskets filled with colored eggs, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Father Christmas, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday.”
Still, I am stumped as there is no mention of where the Easter Bunny lives or a magical tale of how he accomplishes all of this candy delivering in one night.
According to WikiAnswers, the Easter Bunny lives in a very deep hole in the ground somewhere on Easter Island. Other sites state that the Easter Bunny lives in April Valley, Spring Valley or Egg Land.
I have never heard of any of these places! They sound fantastic, but am I just supposed to choose which one I like best and make up my own story to share with my kids? Do I not bring up the Easter Bunny unless my kids ask?
It seems that the Easter Bunny’s true identity and address will continue to be a mystery. Perhaps it’s a strategy to keep the candy thieves away and to protect our most famous rabbit, whoever he or she is.
Seriously! Why is there no common tale about the Easter Bunny? What do you tell your children about this magical rabbit who delivers candy around the world?
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