Have you heard of Spring Valley? You surely know that the North Pole is the homeland of Santa Claus and all things Christmas. Well, Spring Valley is the homeland of the Easter Bunny and all things Easter. Who lives in Spring Valley and what goes on there?
Spring Valley is a very beautiful, very busy place. It is always Spring there. It is where Peter Cottontail, the head Easter Bunny resides along with many other bunnies who will be in training for Easter duties.
The Rue de Fleurs (Street of Flowers), runs through the center of Spring Valley from one end to the other. The street is lined on each side with tulips, daffodils, crocuses, iris, hyacinth, primrose and many more. Their scents and colors make the Rue de Fleurs a very unique thoroughfare. The local businesses on either side of the Rue are essential to the success of the Easter mission.
On one side of the street is the Easter Basket foundry. All sizes, shapes and colors of Easter baskets are manufactured there. Near the foundry is Rebecca Rabbit’s Easter Bonnet Bazaar. Rebecca and her assistants create every imaginable style of Easter headware.
Just past Rebecca’s is the Paint Plant. Inside the Paint Plant are vats of every possible color of paint which are used to decorate the Easter eggs.
On the other side of the Rue, often called the ‘sweet side’, are all the confectioneries. There is Jelly Bean Junction, the Easter Egg Emporium, the Marshmallow Mart and the Chocolateria.
A sharp right turn just past the Paint Plant takes you to Lapin Lane. This is the main shopping district for Spring Valley residents . You will find the Country Bunny Clothiers, Cecily Parsley’s Green Grocery, Betty Bunny’s Bakery, the Velveteen Rabbit’s Veterinary Services, the Energizer Bunny’s Yoga Studio, Uncle Wiggley’s Bookstall, Peter Rabbit’s Gardening Center, Harvey’s Haberdashery, the March Hare Tea Room, Bugs Bunny’s Novelty Shop, the White Rabbit Clock Works and Watch Maker to highlight a few.
A left turn just past the Jelly Bean Junction locates the residential area of Spring Valley. Most of the rabbits live in a very expansive warren. Spring Valley’s high society live on Hare Hill.
At the far end of the Rue de Fleurs is a large egg-shaped building which is, of course, painted egg-shell white. Over the entry way are the words Haus der Oster Has in large, bright, multi-colored letters. They are the German words that roughly translate to House of the Easter Bunny.
It was German immigrants to North America, Pennsylvania in particular, that began the tradition of the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs as we know it. However, what people did not know was that Spring Valley as described above, existed long before the recorded history of Easter everything - similar to Santa, and the entire North Pole village which existed long before people discovered them.
Let us talk about the Oster Hase building, the most important part of Spring Valley enterprises. The “Hase House” as the locals call it, is where all rabbits go to train to become Easter Bunnies. This training program was designed and implemented by Hare Hoppelmeister the original Easter Bunny, himself. He rarely goes out in the field anymore. It would have to be some kind of emergency for H.H. to go out on the circuit. You see, after a few hundred years of doing Easter Bunny stuff, Hare Hoppelmeister felt there needed to be a contingency plan in case some unexpected phenomenon prevented him from doing this important work. Consequently, Hase House came into being. Hare Hoppelmeister developed the training program for future Easter bunnies and remains Head Master in perpetuity.
At this point, we must bid adieu or auf wiedersehen Perhaps one day we will let you into the Hase House archives and share some of the escapades, shenanigans and near disasters that transpired over the centuries. Until then, Happy Easter.
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