Years ago, when my daughter was very young, I told my Baby Girl the Tale of The Christmas Bunny. Years later, when my Son was born, the story was passed on to Joseph Jr. as well. Keep in mind, not every child, nor every parent, has knowledge of The Christmas Bunny. My kids do.

Throughout the generations, The Christmas Bunny has been confused with Santa Claus more than a few times. Although entirely different in appearance, both of these remarkable Christmas Icons play comparable functions during the holidays.

Emanating from The Isle of Wight, England, recorded history dates the Christmas Bunny as far back as the 11th century. What began as a provincial fable from the Village of Shanklin, tales of The Christmas Bunny soon stretched throughout the entire island and ultimately to the mainland. By the 12th century, accounts of this famous Rabbit could be found in every corner of England.

After 66 days at sea, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock on November 11, 1620. These first English Pioneers carried the Legend of The Christmas Bunny with them. Manifest Destiny would secure The Bunny’s place on the West Coast.

[Pictured] My Son placing the Angel on the tree for 2020.

Joseph Shanklin

January 27, 2021

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