Origin of the Easter Bunny
So what does a bunny have to do with Easter?
The Easter bunny was introdcued into the United States by German Settlers. They arrived in Pennsylvania during the 18th century and brought with them the tradition of "Oster Hawse" (Easter Bunny).
According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests, often out of caps and bonnets, in secluded areas of their homes. The "Oster Hawse" 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.