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What Do You Give Up For Lent?

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For Christians, today begins the period of reflection and self-denial in preparation for Easter we call Lent.

Typically it means giving up something we enjoy, kind of a test of willpower and dedication in a spiritual cleansing of the body and mind.

What do people typically give up for Lent?


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Sweets

 
 

Usually it’s dessert but some people dive right in and give up anything with sugar.  Now that’s dedication.

 

 
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Alcohol

 
 

For a lot of people another one that takes a lot of willpower is giving up alcohol – beer, wine, liquor.  Some people are lucky to get thru one weekend.

 
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Fast Food

 
 

Burgers, tacos, pizza is probably on the list.  Any restaurant with a drive-thru is fast food.  Giving up fast food teaches you to slow down and cook at home.

 
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TV

 
 

Giving up TV gives you more time for other things like projects you’ve been putting off since Lent last year or reading a good book.

 
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Social Media or Facebook

 
 

Giving up social media gives you more time for other things, like actually visiting your Facebook friends.

 
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Shopping

 
 

Shopping as in doing less of it.  It’s mentioned mostly by women.

 
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Finances

 
 

Lent can also be a time for doing something you usually don’t do – like getting your debts in order.  You can start doing that by shopping less.  Spending less than you make is always a good idea.

 
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Sleep

 
 

Getting more sleep – spending less time on Facebook, watching less TV and doing less shopping can give you more time to sleep.

 
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Relationships

 
 

Dedicating more of your free time for loved ones – your spouse or significant other, children, other relatives, close friends.

 

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