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Why Are Easter Dresses SO Important?

I stopped buying myself a new Easter dress several years ago. Even before then, I bought more out of obligation than desire. There was too much pressure to find The Dress, and it's not like it was my wedding or even my high school prom. It was a dress for me to wear Easter morning, which, I don't think should be my primary concern of the resurrection season.

But, notice I said, "for me to wear."

This reasoning doesn't seem to apply when it comes to dressing my daughters for Easter. In this instance, I am the epitome of a hypocrite. There is no room for excuses, I know, but there are so many I can come up with as to why my little girls need new dresses for Easter celebrations. For example...

1. Last year's dresses, Easter or otherwise, do not fit anymore.

2. I like to coordinate their outfits for the holiday whether it is using the same color scheme, buying the same dress in two different colors or just straight up matching.

3. I'm cheap and rarely pay full price for clothes, especially for my kids, so a once-a-year splurge is special.

4. Everyone else is buying new dresses, and I've never been a match for peer pressure.

5. It's just plain tradition, at least where I come from!

This year, however, something changed.

While I would love to say it was my conviction about the ridiculousness of my attitude toward Easter dress buying, it's not quite that way.

My oldest daughter, at five-and-a-half-years-old, has outgrown the little girls departments at most major retailers (at least in shops I frequent). This makes the quest for matching ensembles for my girls a much more difficult task.

It means looking to boutique brands or handmade frocks, which I oh so love, but the aforementioned daughter dramatically rejected when asked her opinion.

So, I resigned myself to plan B, which coincidentally manifested before me in mounds of hand-me-down clothes. Both my girls had already made a party of trying on new dresses from the pile. They are, after all, new to them.

I had even mentally noted for future reference which of the dresses matched well together as they paraded about judging each one based on the circumference of the twirl it created.

I decide on a coral and white polka-dot dress for my preschooler and a ruffled eyelet number for her big sister in an almost identical hue. It is as if they were made to go together, and I know the girls approve because I heard them gush over each one.

With no excessive shopping and no senseless worrying over matching outfits, I humbly learned the perfect Easter dress doesn't have to come with tags still attached.

Maybe I'm on my way to overcoming the indictment as a self-proclaimed Easter dress hypocrite after all!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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