What are you giving up for Lent?

I am not Catholic but I love the restrictive nature of their religious traditions. As an ala carte Lutheran, where almost anything goes, it is refreshing to have some rules put on the table. So as with last year, I am giving up something for Lent.  It went really well last time so this year I am going to push my limits.

My interpretation of the”instructions” from ehow on how to properly observe Lent at home are as follows:

  1. Decorate with purple to symbolize resurrection
  2. Soul searching and focus on self-improvement
  3. Pick a food or drink and abstain from it for the 40 day fasting period
  4. Give up something you love for 40 days
  5. Ready your home for Easter by doing some proper cleaning

No problem, I can do this.

So all this fun starts on Wednesday the 9th of March.  Plenty of time to decide on the details and make ready for Lent.  The best part of Lent is the before and after, Fastelavnssøndag or “before the fast Sunday” in Norway and of course the widely observed Fat Tuesday or German version Fastnacht, not to forget the big finish with Easter Sunday, complete with giant chocolate bunnies.

Anyone else have experience with self-imposed restrictions?
Read more: How to Observe Lent | eHow.com

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