Growing up in the South in the '60s and '70s...
...dressing up for church was very important. It was an accepted tradition by everyone that I knew that Easter was an event that required a "NEW" Easter dress.
My mother often made me and my sisters beautiful dresses with fluffy petticoats when we were very young. We wore patent leather shoes and usually carried a tiny purse that was delightful to possess at that young age. We even had little pairs of white gloves. What fun it was to put them on and take them off.
As we grew up, store bought dresses were the norm, but we always had a new Easter dress to wear to church on Easter morning. We were often in the store during the week before Easter fighting the crowds of shoppers that waited until the last minute, too.
By and large it is not the same today. You can get by without a NEW Easter dress. But for those families who are regularly attend church, I still believe that the traditional NEW Easter dress is a very good tradition to continue. It involves the children in meaning of Easter and the resurrection. The new clothes are symbolic of being clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
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