Lets work at it slowly.. Rabbits and eggs were both symbols of fertility and part of traditional pagan spring celebration of Ostara. The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21.
Spring was celebrated, as it was the end of winter and all the hardships associated with that, remember there were no heated insulated homes and grocery stores to pop into.. it was a tad harder then. Spring was when the crops were planted and hope was with the new season, it was a time of renewal.
Eostre was a Germanic goddess of spring, note how close that name is to Easter….. her symbol was the rabbit because of its tendency to uhm.. well you know.. renew… lots of things were borrowed from different cultures, naturally everyone copies things that are popular or good.
As the Romans spread across Europe they melded many cultures, celebrations and dates of those events. Spring is the time of rebirth, hence the eggs.
So how did this hiding egg tradition continue?
am so happy you asked, because I wanted to answer.
In the 1500s the legend started… a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in gardens was published. The German settlers brought the stories to America in the late 1600s. (am so tempted to say you know.. when Chey was a little girl.. but am not going to do it.. *giggles*.. psssst… it was CG… bol.. sorry CG *hugs*)
Now rabbits or more correctly Hares make nests, so tradition started of making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs, soon they decorated baskets and colourful eggs were placed in them. These were traded for candies and treats. (probably licorice *nods lots*)
so now you know. nods lots