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Good Morning Scrappers and HAPPY EASTER!! Are you all busy preparing for the Easter activities tomorrow? I know I am! We are cooking and cleaning and shopping and eating…sounds like fun, huh?? Well, even as we are preparing for Easter Sunday, the traditions of Easter are so ingrained in us, that we hardly even think about what those symbols that we have come to know and love have to do with the actual celebration of Easter, so I thought that it would be fun if we look at these traditions and see how they pertain to the reason we really celebrate Easter. I mean, how did the Easter Bunny become a symbol for Easter, anyway??

As with almost every holiday that we have looked at, bunnies, eggs, Easter gifts and fluffy, yellow chicks in gardening hats all stem from pagan roots and were incorporated into the celebration of Easter separately from the Christian tradition of honoring the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

The origin of the Easter bunny can be traced back to 13th century, per-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.

The Easter bunny first hopped into the holiday in the 16th century, when German folk legends told of a springtime rabbit delivering eggs to well-behaved children. In 1680, a writer named Georg Franck von Franckenau was the first to formally publish the legend in a story about a rabbit who laid eggs and hid them in a garden. The tale made its way stateside when Germans emigrated to Pennsylvania Dutch country in the 1700s.

The first edible Easter bunny, and one of my very favorite parts about Easter, was made from pastry and sugar in the early 1800′s, and the bunny was said to lay colorful eggs in the nests that children made out of bonnets. Eventually, nests became decorated baskets and colorful eggs were swapped for candy, treats and other small gifts. wikipedia)

Now that you know a little about the background of the Easter bunny, and how he became a symbol of Easter, I thought I would be fun to send you on a little hunt for the big guy himself…The Easter Bunny!! He can be in all shapes and sizes, but bonus points go to you for finding me a chocolate one! :)

Here is the picture that I discovered.

This layout was created by angiepangie using Some Bunny and Some Bunny Graffiti, both by Dream Big Designs.

I just love the large photo on this page and her title work and clustering are fabulous!

OK..now it is YOUR turn to make your way to the gallery, and find me a layout with the Good Ole’ Easter Bunny in it! Make sure to leave a comment on the photo just above yours or you do not get credit for the choice! Now, for the good stuff! I will pick one lucky, random winner from all those who participate to receive one plum perk! The lucky winner will be contacted by PM and your account will be updated with your plum perk by the 15th of the month.

Make sure that you stop by the challenge forum today! April is in full swing and we have a LOT of great new challenges posted just for you!!

Rules at a Glance
Post your layout right here on the blog in the comments section and DON’T FORGET to link us up to the page in the gallery so we can leave lots of love for the scrapper and you can get credit for the challenge.
DO NOT post a layout that has already been posted!
You must leave a comment on the layout ABOVE yours to be eligible for the plum perk drawing
You have until Tuesday, April 10, at 11:00pm (EST) to post your game layout
Your name will be entered into a random drawing and the winner will receive ONE plum perk for completing the iSpy game

10 points equals $1
Points never expire
Account will be updated by the 15th of the following month.