March 18, 1993 |
It's the time of year when the Easter Bunny hops into local shopping malls for photo opportunities with young believers. He also draws a fair number of moms, dads and other potential shoppers. Yet, despite his fame, the bunny can't match the drawing power of the bearded man in the red suit. Last year, the bunny drummed up just 20% of the business that Santa Claus generated, said Stephanie D. Greene, marketing director for the Mall of Orange.
April 11, 1995 |
A New Yorker cover depicting a business-suited Easter Bunny crucified on a tax form has upset some Christians. William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said Monday that the illustration is insulting to Christians and "particularly outrageous" during the week leading up to Easter Sunday. The illustration by cartoonist Art Spiegelman on the Monday issue that went on sale this week shows a white rabbit in a suit and tie.
April 20, 2003 |
Guam, 1975: So there we were, me and about 27 Vietnamese refugees en route to new lives in a new land. For months, two of these brave people had patiently translated for me the words, culture, traditions, values and holidays of their war-torn home. Foreign traditions and values can seem quite quaint compared with our "normal" observances. Now it was my turn to translate American values and rituals for their eager eyes and ears. They'd heard something on the radio about a holiday called Easter?
April 21, 2011 |
Easter in Scandinavia, like many holiday celebrations in this part of the world, is a colorful patchwork of customs, including bits and pieces of a lot of things: Passover, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Easter bunny, cute witches, huge amounts of oranges and the occasional shot of aquavit, all of it combined into what can be described only as an exhilarating and slightly confusing Easter stew. But one thing is clear: Easter in Scandinavia is very much about food. There isn't a single homogeneous Easter food tradition that spans all of Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
March 9, 1997 |
Kidville, a town inhabited only by children, is very sad. But that won't last long because The Easter Bunny Is Coming to Town (Disney Channel, Monday at 7 p.m.). For ages 2 to 5. * HBO Storybook Musicals: The Tale of Peter Rabbit (HBO, Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.) tells the story of the mischievous little hare who lives with his mother and three siblings--Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail--in the sand bank under the root of a fir tree. For ages 2 to 7.
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March 28, 1999 |
Here in Southern California, where a day in December can be just as glorious as one in March, we must look beyond the thermometer and flower beds for signs of spring. Saturday's sign: A giant rabbit has been laying colored eggs. Several thousand of Ventura County's smaller citizens scrambled for Easter eggs at hunts in Ventura and Thousand Oaks, a week and a day before the actual holiday.
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April 18, 1992 |
An elderly woman was arrested early Friday after she allegedly doused her cancer-stricken husband with rubbing alcohol and set him on fire for eating a chocolate Easter bunny she had saved for herself, police said. June E. Carter, 71, who went shopping after the alleged attack and did not call paramedics for more than eight hours, was booked into Orange County Jail on a single charge of attempted murder. Bail was set at $250,000.
April 1, 2011 |
Easter may be weeks away, but that won't stop the holiday's iconic bunny from bouncing right over the competition at the box office this weekend. "Hop," a hybrid computer-animated comedy about the Easter Bunny's teenage son that also features live actors, is on track to open to about $25 million, according to people who have seen prerelease audience surveys. That should far exceed the ticket sales of "Source Code," a sci-fi thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which is likely to collect $15 million to $18 million.
April 1, 2010 |
Call me a heretic, but I've been thinking it's about time the Easter Bunny spruced up his product line. Eggs are fine and Peeps are cute, but as Thumper's 21st century image consultant, I'd advise he hop on the French macaron trend. He wouldn't even have to change the colors in his paint box: Macarons come in every shade imaginable and some yet to be imagined. And although there's no chicken-and-egg riddle surrounding them, macarons have their own mysteries. If there's another sweet in the canon that's as beloved, bewitching and bewildering as the macaron , I don't know it. For me, macarons are an all-around puzzlement, from their name and celebrity to their fabulous colors and surprisingly faint flavors.