Friday, April 10, 2009

Flip Friday and the Osterhase

It's back.

Same Bat Time.

Same Bat Channel.

It's Flip Friday!!

And, in honor of the Easter Bunny, Miss Zoe and I have prepared for you...


I know. Unbelievable, right? I mean, where did we get the idea to make and post bunny videos anyway? Uncanny.

While we were preparing the movies, Miss Zoe asked me about the origins of the Easter Bunny. So, we Googled him and got this answer from Wikipedia:

The Easter Bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have its origins in Alsace and southwestern Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1600s. The first edible Easter Bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s and were made of pastry and sugar.

The Easter Bunny was introduced to America by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. The arrival of the "Oschter Haws" (a phonetic transcription of a dialectal pronunciation of the German Osterhase) was considered one of "childhood's greatest pleasures," similar to the arrival of Kris Kringle (from the German Christkindl) on Christmas Eve.

According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests, often out of caps and bonnets, in secluded areas of their homes. The Oschter Haws would, if the children had been good, lay brightly colored eggs in the nest. As the tradition spread, the nest has become the manufactured, modern Easter basket, and the placing of the nest in a secluded area has become the tradition of hiding baskets.

Miss Zoe and I were especially excited about these origins since my great-grandmother, Lulu Meuller (McCann) was Pennsylvania Dutch, originally from "Germania" as is is written on the 1920 Census records. That would be Zoe's Great-Great-Grandmother. Being a partially German bunny makes her feel all the more part of this particular piece of Rabbit Lore called the Osterhase.

It gives her Rabbit Pride.

And now, a motion picture event!!

Starring Miss Zoe in:

Sleepy Bunny


The Mystery of the Bunny and the Dandelion Greens



Emma said...

Sleeping...makes me...hungry!


I love these videos!

Oh, did you know that already?

Jennifer Hugon said...

The cutest... lips... EVER!