Every bunny loves Easter

Hollywood, MD - The age-old conundrum of a rabbit distributing eggs to children at Easter time, despite the fact that rabbits don’t lay eggs, has puzzled scholars for decades. Well, you can blame it all on the Germans.

According to, settlers from southwest Germany brought the Easter Bunny—or Easter Hare or Spring Bunny—legend to the United States in the 1800s.
If the whole idea of a rabbit distributing eggs doesn’t have you upset enough, consider that Easter, the day on which Christians celebrate the Resurrection, has some of its traditional observances tied to pagans. Some historians believe the word “Easter” comes from a pagan figure called Eastre, celebrated as the goddess of spring. The Saxons of Northern Europe, celebrated Eastre during the spring equinox. Eastre’s earthly symbol was—you guessed it—the rabbit, a symbol of fertility, as is the egg.

There is no need to tell children any of this, not that they would pay much attention to you if you tried. To children, the Easter Bunny, like Santa Claus, promises to bring them gifts if they are good. Here in America, grownups have politicians doing that.
So become a child again, and enjoy the Easter egg hunts, the jellybeans and peeps! Bite the ears off your child’s chocolate rabbit!

Easter will be celebrated Sunday, March 27. Some of the local Easter celebrations planned in Southern Maryland include the following.

Sunday, March 13 - Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in Valley Lee. Breakfast served from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost $8 for adults, $4 kids 6 - 12, kids 5 and under eat for free. Call 301-994-9999 for more information.

Sunday, March 13 - Breakfast at VFW Post #2632 California, sponsored by the Patuxent High School NJROTC Boosters from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Cost $7 for adults 10 and up, $5 kids 5 to 10, under 5 eat for free. Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Email for more information.

Sunday, March 13 - Seventh District Fire House in Avenue, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 8 to 11 a.m. Adults $11, seniors $10, children 4 to 12 $3, 3 and under free.

Saturday, March 19 - Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad, 8 to 11 a.m. Admission by donation. Easter Bunny available for photos. Call 410-535-9836 for more information.

Sunday, March 20 - Free Kids Easter Party at American Legion Post 206 Chesapeake Beach from 1 – 3 p.m. Call 301-855-6466 for more information.

Sunday, March 20 - Easter Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt at the St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge at 9 a.m. Cost $10 adults, $8 kids. Hunts at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Call 301-863-7800 for more information.

Saturday, March 26 - Community Easter Egg Hunt at Real Life Church, Mechanicsville 10 a.m. to noon. Over 10,000 eggs will be hidden. Any child 10 and under can join the hunt.

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