Ever since K was a baby, we've politely asked the Easter Bunny not to make an appearance at our house. Neither of us grew up with the Easter Bunny--our parents had made the same request--and we didn't feel it necessary for our children. I do, however, ALWAYS buy them a new Easter dress / shirt & tie. It has been very important to me. I think originally it came from always feeling so bad that I didn't even want to go to church when all the other little girls had brand new pretty dresses and I got to wear the same one that I'd been wearing every week to church for months. I don't ever want my kids to feel that. So, even when we were in school and had no money, I found gorgeous dresses at thrift stores or super dirt cheap sales or yard sales, but they always have had a new outfit.
This year is no exception. K has a new dress and both my boys have new shirts with matching ties. Yet, this year, I pondered what in the world this tradition has to do with Easter. I realized that it actually has a lot to do with it. New clothing is like a new beginning. With Easter and the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we are afforded a new beginning. We can repent. It is like being able to take off our old clothes and put on nice clean new ones. How grateful I am for my Savior. I know He lives. I know he died and was resurrected for you, me, and all mankind. I
Happy Easter everyone!