I can’t believe Lent starts next week. It always sneaks up on me after Christmas and for those who don’t know what Lent is, well it’s the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. For me it always starts on Shrove Tuesday when we make (and enjoy pancakes). This year I thought I’d write a few posts on Lent as it’s a wonderful time for mums to start family traditions that you keep each year. And the kids love and look forward to them. I love that I can take my big kids to stations of the cross these days because I remember a time when one of us would go or when I’d sit outside for most of the 3pm Good Friday service which was so solemn and I had 3 monkeys under the age of 3 who were not so solemn.
My advice when it comes to traditions though is to just incorporate one or two new things each year. And it’s ok to let some things go too if they aren’t working for you.
Each Lent and for as long as I can remember I have given something up. This year it won’t be chocolate but will be
my personal facebook habits. Edited to add that I lasted one week off my personal facebook page and totally fell off the wagon around my birthday. Trying from today to give it up again.
A few things we have incorporated into our family traditions the last few years are
Going to mass/church during the week (you might not believe this but my littlest ones are so much better at weekday mass and have some lovely ladies to smile at)
Confession even if it’s been way too long (I’m going to write a post on this)
Say the rosary (I love this app on my iPhone and it’s great for the car)
Join a lenten group at your church or a group that you’ve been meaning to join but just haven’t got around to
Do some volunteering
40 bags of stuff out of your house in 40 days
Read your bible each day
Instead of buying food out and takeaway putting the money in our Project Compassion box (or give to charity)
Not eating meat on Fridays and not just Good Friday (it’s lovely to continue the traditions that we grew up with)
Fill up your social media with positive and Christian messages
So why not go beyond giving up chocolate and think of what you are going to do this Lent to make it more special than last year. Love to hear what you are thinking about……………….