Where did the Easter bunny come from? How did it get to be associated with a Christian holiday?
It seems that rabbits (or hares, as they were called) were associated with fertility and rebirth in ancient times. As early as the 1500s, the bunny was an Easter symbol, and the first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s. The tradition came to America in the 1700s with German settlers. Not much has changed since then.
Children everywhere love to hunt for Easter eggs and find surprises from the Easter bunny in their baskets. In fact, consumers will spend more than $2 billion on chocolate eggs, jelly beans and other candy favorites. A new outfit for Easter is also a tradition, and spending on apparel may come in around $3 billion. But spending on food tops the list; at around $5 billion, there will be a lot of traditional family dinners to celebrate the holiday.