Bunnies. Eggs. Baskets. Clothing. Shoes. Food. Is this what you think of when you hear “Easter”? I can remember wearing pretty pastel dresses, frilly socks, new patent leather shoes, and carrying my Easter purse as a child. It was a time to wear your best outfit, attend Easter egg hunts, say an Easter speech at church, learn about the Resurrection story, and have a family dinner. I had no idea why there was so much emphasis on purchasing new clothing, and looking “your best”. So, I did a little research, and found out that the history of wearing new clothes on Easter dates back to ancient times. According to McCallister (2010), wearing new clothes symbolized the end of Lent, and it was also done by early Christians who were baptized on Easter. McCallister (2010) also revealed that at various times throughout the twentieth century, Americans bought new clothes to symbolize new beginnings, and to keep up with new fashion.
Regardless of what you believe, I feel it is safe to say vendors have capitalized on the money potential associated with Easter. Nowadays, parents even have pictures made of their darling little ones with the Easter Bunny. So much money is also spent on Easter baskets and decorations, clothing, food, etc.. Have you bought into the commercialism? I don’t know if it’s because I’m an adult now or because three children are expensive. However, I did not partake of the mad rush this year. My children wore dresses they wore for their last picture session. I did not purchase Easter baskets. I did not purchase decorations or new clothing for myself. However, my family attended both church services–which is something we’ve never done. My husband and I also made a point to emphasize to our children the real reason we feel Easter should be celebrated–which is to observe the significance of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Is there anything wrong with engaging in the commercialism of this season? Probably not. Heck, my kids participated in an Easter egg hunt held at a fellow parishioners home. They had a great time. I just think I’m getting to the age where I want more than just the “fun” of certain holidays. I want to know why I am celebrating. I also no longer feel I need to try to keep up others and purchase so many holiday related items. I can enjoy the special occasions without going overboard. Please don’t see this as an attack on anyone’s spending habits. These are just a few reflections on how I am changing and growing. From my family to yours, we hope each of you had a wonderful Easter season. 🙂
McCallister, L. (2010). Why We Wear New Clothes on Easter. Retrieved from http://ezinearticles.com/?Why-We-Wear-New-Clothes-on-Easter—A-History-of-the-Tradition-From-a-Fashion-School-Perspective&id=3982197 on April 5, 2015.