The talk of bunnies usually brings to mind one thing: Easter and lots of eggs made of chocolate. Around the same time, bunny plush toys become just as popular as the chocolate eggs, although you don't have to wait for Easter to roll around for the sole purpose of purchasing them 鈥?bunny plush toys are a lovely treat for any child no matter what time of the year it is. You can't help fall instantly in love with bunnies when you see them, whether it's in your own backyard or at an animal sanctuary. Everything about them says 'cute and cuddly,' even though they likely don't think so. Bunny plush toys are equally as endearing (especially ones with floppy ears) and are really the perfect stuffed animal for snuggling up with. The whole notion of the Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs, all comes from pagan roots. There is certainly nowhere in the Bible that refers to a rabbit with long ears or children that hunts for eggs that the Easter bunny left for them. For that matter, rabbits don't actually lay eggs. Easter bunnies and eggs found there way into Easter celebrations that were completely separate from the day Jesus Christ was honored for rising from the dead. According to one reputable American University, Easter celebrations and the Easter bunny originated in the 13th century where gods and goddesses were worshipped by the population. Feasts were held on the Vernal Equinox to honor Eostra, the goddess of spring and fertility. Eostra's symbol was also the rabbit because of how much the animal was able to reproduce. In addition, spring was the symbol of new life and rebirth and eggs represented fertility. In the 1500's the first legends of the Easter bunny were documented. Then, by 1680, a story was published for the first time about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden. In the 1700's these legends came to the United States and not long after, making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs in, became a tradition. Over time, those nests turned into beautifully decorated [Easter] baskets and the colorful eggs were exchanged for candy and other treats. It's not a stretch to think that as the popularity of the Easter bunny legend grew, bunny plush toys would not be far behind. Given teddy bears became established as the world's most popular soft toy based purely on their incredibly good looks (not to mention their equally soft plush fur), why shouldn't bunnies have found a place in the world of plush? And, on a yearly basis, since the Easter bunny appeared much like Santa Clause did, children would certainly want some kind of keepsake of the mysterious bunny they never got to see. Luckily for them, bunny plush toys fit the bill. Angeline Hope is a collector of wildlife plush toys. You can view a selection of wildlife plush toys including bunny plush toys at MyBigPlush.