Okay, you have been warned. Now I will tell you this sad truth: the Easter Bunny isn't real. He is what you call a mythical creature. And the way we know this is because (1) rabbits cannot lay eggs, and (2) even if they could lay eggs, there is no way that one bunny could deliver eggs to every house in one night. This is kind of the same problem as with Santa Claus, but that is a whole different holiday. And also, no one ever said Santa Claus could lay eggs.
Here's a story about the goddess Ostara that is pretty interesting. One year, Ostara arrived late, and she found a little bird whose wings had been frozen by the snow. So she made a pet of him, and since he couldn't fly anymore, she turned him into a snow hare with the gift of being able to run really fast. And because he had been a bird before, she gave him the ability to lay eggs, just like birds do. The eggs were all different colors and they were really pretty, but the hare could only lay eggs one day out of the whole year.
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Later on, the hare made Ostara angry, so she threw him up into the sky, where he became the constellation Lepus, the Hare, and he always had to be under the feet of the constellation Orion, the Hunter. But one day each spring, he was allowed to come back to earth and give away his eggs to the children who came to the festivals in honor of Ostara.
There are some other stories about how the Easter Bunny got his start, but I decided to tell you that one because I liked it the best.
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When German settlers came to Pennsylvania Dutch country in the 18th century, they brought the Easter Bunny legend with them. On the night before Easter, children would make nests out of bonnets and caps, and then they would put these in some hidden part of their houses. If the children had been good, the Easter Hare would come and lay colorful eggs in the nests.
Just think how big a bunny would have to be to lay an egg like that, and also think how fat you would get if you ate it!