Now, Easter is one of those holidays that is cute and fun when you’re little. You don’t question why a bunny leaves you eggs (not only the bunny itself, but also, where did it get the eggs…), why you have to hunt for the eggs, why some are plastic with candy (sometimes $$) inside, some are hand boiled and dyed… It goes on. The origin of the whole Easter bunny / egg hunt part of Easter has really been lost in the shuffle. Jewish Passover, Christian Jesus rising from the tomb, ok, got that …
But the bunny? And the eggs?
So, according to Wikipedia, we “decorate Easter eggs as a symbol of the empty tomb.” Who knew?
And the Easter Bunny:
The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a fantasy character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide. The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday. The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau‘s De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682 referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs for the children.
So, the Easter Bunny is a bunny Santa Claus – checking his list and such … interesting … am I the only one who just went with it and never asked?
Anyway … and then came the advent of the Peep. Peeps are an epidemic. They are everywhere. And people buy them, thinking they’re amazing, both as neon decorations and as food. Let’s be clear. Peeps are not food. They are made of chemical sugar marshmallow, treated with color, and formed into awkward “spring shapes,” like the bunny with no arms or legs, the bald chick, etc.
From my good friend Wikipedia: “They are made from sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and various food dyes. … Peeps contained the colored dye Red 3. It was found through research that Red 3 contained additives causing cancer and can lead to breast cancer.” Just saying. Don’t do it.
Let me be clear though. I fully support Peep Dioramas and Peep Jousting.
The more clever / awkward / realistic / nerdy the Peep Diorama, the better!
Peep jousting, you ask? Two peeps, set up to fight for the death. An epic face-off. Neon marshmallow vs. neon marshmallow. Their weapons? Tooth picks. Set them up, put the in the microwave, hit go, and see which peep’s lance strikes his enemy first. Ta-da! The old and the new! Renaissance sport meets modern microwave technology. Throw in some toxic red dye…. MARSHMALLOW COMPETITIVE DEATH!
Don’t want to brag, but I’ve won some serious peep jousts in my day.
Easter: You’re Doing It Right!
Love to scare your kids? Take embarrassing photos and share it with them later in life at opportune times? Life-sized Easter Bunnies are horrifying.