Seems German Lutherans invented the art of bribing kids with toys and sweets; inventors of Xmas trees, Santa, choc eggs and the Bunny himself.
The “Easter Hare” originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient at the start of the season of Easter. If they were good they found their hats filled with coloured eggs, if bad….
The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau’s De ovis paschalibus (‘About Easter Eggs’) in 1682
On another, less cheerful note, i had thought rabbits one of those proliferating species, like grey squirrels, but turns out some breeds are up there with pandas on the extinction watch-out list. And that’s not just bad news for rabbits, turns out their plight has domino effect on many, not least, the last 100 Iberian lynx left in the world – the most endangered of all cat species.
Read more in the WWF article about how ‘The Land of the Rabbits has lost it’s bunnies‘
Buy a card or print of my rabbit drawing and other animals of the Chinese zodiac