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Whatever happened to dressing up on Easter Sunday?
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, April 10, 2004 | Alyson Walls

Posted on 04/11/2004 9:02:32 AM PDT by Willie Green

Although famed musical composer Irving Berlin thought them lovely enough to write a sonnet, nowadays few women are donning Easter bonnets.

In fact, you're more apt to see wrinkled khakis and rumpled polo shirts than pressed suits and pastel pumps at church on Sunday.

While Easter Sunday has traditionally been the day to show off your new spring finery, America has become a nation that dresses down, and not just on "casual Fridays" in the office.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 5thavenueparade; church; easter; easterbonnets; easterparade; eastersunday; fashioncritiques; fashionreview; fasionistas; slobs; springfinery; theguild
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Woodstock-era Baby Boomer hippies are all a bunch of lazy, atheistic slobs.
1 posted on 04/11/2004 9:02:32 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green
Yep but Im happy
2 posted on 04/11/2004 9:03:27 AM PDT by woofie ( 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.)
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To: Willie Green
I don't think there's necessaroly anything wrong with wearing polo shirt and khakis. Now don't read what I am about to say the wrong way, but times have changed, and fashions along with them. The perception today is that polo shirts, khakis, and dress shoes are what passes for formal these days.
3 posted on 04/11/2004 9:05:30 AM PDT by Conservative til I die
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To: Willie Green
I think you may be somewhat right. But I'll say this...I don't take my religion all that seriously anymore. I still answer to God, he is my moral compass. But, I'm burned out on the ceremonies. Maybe I'm a disgruntled Catholic. That's where I'm at right now.
4 posted on 04/11/2004 9:05:59 AM PDT by Vision (Always Faithful)
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To: Willie Green
Woodstock-era Baby Boomer hippies are all a bunch of lazy, atheistic slobs.

Hmmm...........
You left out "egocentric".....
J

5 posted on 04/11/2004 9:06:24 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Conservative til I die
Pink Purple and Black dress today with the beautiful cross I wear that is near and dear to my heart and reminds me of what Jesus did today!
6 posted on 04/11/2004 9:07:42 AM PDT by missyme
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To: Willie Green
"It's gotten to the point where people go the entire year without caring what they look like."

This is a good thing.

7 posted on 04/11/2004 9:09:02 AM PDT by kdot
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To: Willie Green
I'm doing the bare minimum.
8 posted on 04/11/2004 9:09:41 AM PDT by Huck (In the Soviet Union, the Admin Moderators ruled.)
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To: Willie Green
Call me crazy, but I'm much more certain that the Lord would rather see you at a church praising his resurection than showing off your new 3 piece armani.
9 posted on 04/11/2004 9:10:56 AM PDT by Blue Scourge (Off I go into the Wild Blue Yonder...)
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To: Willie Green
Clothes make the man....Naked people have little influence on society.

--Mark Twain

10 posted on 04/11/2004 9:11:17 AM PDT by stboz
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To: Willie Green
I'm glad you brought this up. Could somebody here please explain to this Jew what bunnies, eggs and bonnets have to do with the resurrection of Christ? I'm not being facetious. I've asked many of my friends, and they can't seem to tell me. I know you all will be happy to inform me. Thank you.
11 posted on 04/11/2004 9:11:29 AM PDT by Hildy (A kiss is the unborn child knocking at the door.)
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To: Vision
Ditto that from a disgruntled Methodist, whose entire church has been taken over by liberals, and I don't recognize it anymore, as it was in the 50s and 60s.
12 posted on 04/11/2004 9:11:34 AM PDT by 7.62 x 51mm ( )
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To: Hildy
Could somebody here please explain to this Jew what bunnies, eggs and bonnets have to do with the resurrection of Christ?

Rent Eddie Izzard's video, Dressed To Kill. He explains it all quite well. :-)

13 posted on 04/11/2004 9:12:51 AM PDT by Howlin (Ask me what I got for my birthday....will ya?)
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To: Willie Green
One of the reasons I stayed home today. Nothing to wear to the fashion show .
14 posted on 04/11/2004 9:13:04 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Vision
I have become a crotchety,private person and yes I'm a Roman Catholic also. My sunday best is a old red Gundamwing tee. However, not dressing up would be VERBOTEN. My mother is an old fashioned Caribbean Catholic and wearing sneakers would give her a heart attack!
15 posted on 04/11/2004 9:13:32 AM PDT by cyborg (GO CONDI GO!)
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To: Willie Green
I'll wear a Brooks Brothers suit, a Nautica tie, and wingtips. And I'll shave my face. Must. . . strike. . . blow. . . against Baby Boomer slobs.
16 posted on 04/11/2004 9:13:40 AM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: Willie Green
I plead guilty.

There has been a general change in acceptable clothing since the 1960s. The first time I went to Europe in the 1950s, everyone there wore suits and ties. Our ancient English gardner, Acker, in the house we rented wore a three-piece tweed suit with tweed cap and tie when he came to dig in the garden. It would have been inconsistent with his dignity to wear anything less.

On the continent women all wore dresses, widows wore black, and men wore dark suits. I always wore gray flannels, a sports jacket and a tie back then, even when I was working alone in my study. When I bicycled through Europe I had a polyester shirt, a blazer, and a tie in my saddle bag for restaurants and church.

Next visit to Europe everyone wore an aligator shirt and khakis. Needless to say things went even further here in America.

I know I should wear a coat and tie to church on Sundays, let alone Easter. I did put on a tie for the Easter Vigil service, but I should do it every week.

It's called dressing down. Everybody does it, and you get in the habit. But when you go to church you should dress at least as well as you would to meet a great king. And I have to confess I don't do it.

Maybe we should try to start a counter trend.
17 posted on 04/11/2004 9:14:02 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Willie Green
What happened?

IF it feels good do it, happened. Of course with it came if it doesn't feel good "DON'T" do it.

18 posted on 04/11/2004 9:15:17 AM PDT by PISANO (Our troops...... will NOT tire...will NOT falter.....and WILL NOT FAIL!!!)
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To: Hildy
Bunnies and eggs are vestigial remnants from pagan Spring planting/fertility celebrations.
19 posted on 04/11/2004 9:16:08 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (This space intentionally blank)
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
Becky
You dress up today? :')
20 posted on 04/11/2004 9:17:30 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Cicero
...you should dress at least as well as you would to meet a great king

The only King I ever hope to meet will love me whether I wear a suit or a tanktop. I just wish He were here already.

21 posted on 04/11/2004 9:17:31 AM PDT by stboz
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To: Hildy
There were old Roman (and other ) springtime holidays that had to do with fertility...Eating eggs was considered lucky for any woman trying to conceive at this time of year. A lot of the time the eggs were colored red to symbolize the sun, blood, life....the Greeks still do the red eggs.

The rest of us like other colors as well.

And BUNNIES are famous for... well.... you know! ;-)

I think bonnets are simply because after a long , drab, winter, people want a bit of color to celebrate spring!

A lot of these pagan traditions got co-opted into our modern Easter traditions.... they are simply fun "extras" nowadays.


Does this help?
22 posted on 04/11/2004 9:18:04 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: Hildy
Origins of Easter

I hope this helps.

23 posted on 04/11/2004 9:18:57 AM PDT by Maigrey (Knuckle Dragging Neanderthals don't do Dishes! - WillieRoe)
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To: Willie Green
Well, people will dress up nicely to see the Pres or to out to a party but, they won't dress up nicely to see Our Lord.

Sad...
24 posted on 04/11/2004 9:19:18 AM PDT by It's me
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To: Hildy
The egg is a symbol of rebirth. Bunnies are pagan fertility symbols that have made their way to modern times as a sign of spring. Bonnets just look good.
25 posted on 04/11/2004 9:20:08 AM PDT by Junior (Remember, you are unique, just like everyone else.)
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To: tiamat
Yesterday my little grandsons and I colored eggs. I had 2 1/2 dozen, minus 1 (my husband got to them first:'). Anyway I told them the Story and drew pictures on the eggs and then after colored and it showed the oldest would repeat the lesson back to me. It was fun and Christian :')
26 posted on 04/11/2004 9:22:32 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Hildy
One thing I've noticed is that while over the last decade or two Christmas has gotten more secular and commercial, Easter has become more of a religious holiday, therefore less on the radar for non-religious people.

Those who bemoan the secularization of Christmas presumably would like this trend.

-Eric

27 posted on 04/11/2004 9:23:31 AM PDT by E Rocc
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To: Hildy; Howlin; FreedomPoster; tiamat
Could somebody here please explain to this Jew what bunnies, eggs and bonnets have to do with the resurrection of Christ?

The extremely loose connection correlates the Resurrection of Christ with other traditional customs celebrating the rebirth of Spring.

The pagan origins of the Easter Bunny

28 posted on 04/11/2004 9:23:38 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Hildy
"Could somebody here please explain to this Jew what bunnies, eggs and bonnets have to do with the resurrection of Christ? I'm not being facetious. "

Well, we've only been non-Pagans for 1500-1000 years now, so traditions die hard.
29 posted on 04/11/2004 9:24:03 AM PDT by ryanjb2
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To: CindyDawg
Cindy, I am gonna fix you up!

Look here for some fun, Christian kid-friendly food activities!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1108853/posts
30 posted on 04/11/2004 9:25:45 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: Willie Green
The tradition in my family is to buy all of the children new Easter clothes which they then wear until the Fall or later. My girls are going to church today in pretty new matching springtime dresses, my sons have new dress pants, shirts, and ties. I would have bought the wife a new dress, but the local stores had NOTHING.
31 posted on 04/11/2004 9:27:31 AM PDT by Spiff (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: Willie Green
I was always taught that you put a little effort in your appearance. It was a sign of respect. You respected the church enough to wear your "best" clothes.

Sunrise service at 6am we were all dressed in our Sunday best, Jackets, shirts and ties,even on my 15 month old grandson.
32 posted on 04/11/2004 9:27:46 AM PDT by heylady
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To: Blue Scourge
Call me crazy, but I'm much more certain that the Lord would rather see you at a church praising his resurection than showing off your new 3 piece armani.

Uh, Crazy, you could spring for a two piece Kirkland Brand from Costco or J.C. Penney for 99 bucks.

The point is that people used to make the effort to be their most dressy on Easter Sunday.

33 posted on 04/11/2004 9:29:16 AM PDT by DCPatriot
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To: Willie Green
Easter is a day to embrace GOD, not merchants inticing people to buy their wares. Go to GOD in whatever dress suits you.
34 posted on 04/11/2004 9:30:34 AM PDT by hgro
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To: Willie Green
You mean like this?


35 posted on 04/11/2004 9:31:06 AM PDT by threat matrix
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To: stboz
The only King I ever hope to meet will love me whether I wear a suit or a tanktop. I just wish He were here already.

If He catches you swimming, He'll expect the tank top. "No man knows the day nor the hour." But if you're paying Him a formal visit, a tanktop would be inappropriate.

36 posted on 04/11/2004 9:31:46 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Willie Green
When they remodeled LAX back in the 80s they put up photos from old files back to the 30s; almost all the men wore suits and hats except for work uniforms and the women wore skirts and dresses and their fair share of hats as well, even along Santa Monica beach and the pier.
37 posted on 04/11/2004 9:33:56 AM PDT by Old Professer
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To: tiamat
How did I miss this? :') Thanks
38 posted on 04/11/2004 9:35:13 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Willie Green
Affluence happened.

When nobody could afford much of anything, dressing up was a big deal.

Now that even "poor" people have multiple color TVs with cable, a couple of cars and more food than they can eat without becoming hippopotami, dressing up is not a big deal.
39 posted on 04/11/2004 9:35:50 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: threat matrix
awww that's cute
40 posted on 04/11/2004 9:38:36 AM PDT by cyborg (GO CONDI GO!)
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To: Willie Green

41 posted on 04/11/2004 9:39:03 AM PDT by threat matrix
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To: CindyDawg
You're welcome!

;-)
42 posted on 04/11/2004 9:39:03 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: Willie Green
I'm too tired right now to think about it much less do anything about it, like get out of my pajamas.
43 posted on 04/11/2004 9:40:38 AM PDT by mindspy
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To: threat matrix
Let's just hope she doesn't move her hand :-) Sheesh my mother would be going on and on at how she could have worn a scarf.
44 posted on 04/11/2004 9:41:09 AM PDT by cyborg (GO CONDI GO!)
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To: cyborg
These folks in England have got their bonnets on..


45 posted on 04/11/2004 9:41:39 AM PDT by threat matrix
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To: Willie Green

Is it better to look good for Easter than to be good?

46 posted on 04/11/2004 9:42:00 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Clinton, advised by Dick Clarke, did nothing. - Ann Coulter 4/1/04, How 9-11 Happened)
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To: Willie Green
The author should visit some churches here in NC.

He wants to see some Easter bonnets, he should visit some of the black Baptists churches.
47 posted on 04/11/2004 9:42:00 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Willie Green
Happy Easter Willie!!!

IMO fashion is cyclical. We are just in a 'down' turn right now. Low rise jeans, stretchy nylon tops, tees and khakis will give way to something else. Heck even platform shoes came back and they will go away (again). Suits and the Jackie Kennedy look will come back at some point too...just wait.

As for dressing to the nines for Easter (buying new clothes, etc.) I think alot of families just can't afford it. My boys wore the same 'dress' khakis' with a nice shirt as they would wear any Sunday. And I didn't really notice alot of all-out, brand new Easter finery...just people dressed as they normally would have.

48 posted on 04/11/2004 9:42:30 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (FreeMartha)
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To: Spiff
I would have bought the wife a new dress, but the local stores had NOTHING.

And she BELIEVED you???

Geeez, I NEVER would've gotten away with THAT whopper!!!

49 posted on 04/11/2004 9:43:23 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Hildy
Could somebody here please explain to this Jew what bunnies, eggs and bonnets have to do with the resurrection of Christ?

Medieval tradition. The peasants didn't have to work on the Lord's manor lands on Easter and were given extra eggs for their trouble.

In time, eggs symbolized birth renewal (easter is near the spring equinox -- officially its the First Sunday after the First Full Moon After the Spring Equinox) -- Spring -- renewal -- resurrection -- renewal .. etc

Easter Bunny grew out of all of that.

50 posted on 04/11/2004 9:43:43 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel
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