I know totaly gross..the marshmallow chicks that is . the solid chocolate bunnies are tasty though. I also love ham and scalloped potatoes that we usually had for Easter sunday dinner. Why? I don't know it was just a family tradition.
The first documentation of the legend was in 1580 and the first published account was in 1680. The legend of Ostara and the bird she turned into a colored egg laying rabbit dates to far before that, however. Bede, in his 8th century work noted the feasts held in Ostara's (Eostra) honor among the Germanic pagans.
Um, it goes back a little further. This time of year was once devoted to worshiping Ishtar, a goddess of fertility whose symbols include eggs and bunnies. That is why many of the links between what we do at Easter and Christianity seem a tad... tenuous.
Easter often coincides with the beginning of Spring, new life and new opportunties for growth. So baby animals and new blooming flowers are all signs that the cold, bare, winter is over, and time for new life to Spring about again. Good Friday and Easter symbolize the death and rebirth of Christ for Christians, though a minister friend of mine says since the belief is that Christ died for everyone's sins, every day is like Easter. It depends on whether your family celebrates Easter as a religious holiday or not.
BTW - a town near Austin has a cool Easter Fires celebration, where all the adults dress like pioneers, Indians, or Easter Bunnies (like, 300 Easter Bunnies). I wrote a hub last year, lamenting that the pageant had been discontinued, and this year, it's back - and the hub is getting views. Yay!