Do you celebrate Ash Wednesday? This Christian holiday can be hard to keep track of. It bounces around and finally settles on a Wednesday somewhere between February 4th to March 10th. One thing for sure? It’s always 46 days before Easter.
Ash Wednesday is also the first day of Lent, the time to give up some sort of ‘luxury’ as a form of penitence. And while many a Catholic or Christian out there is giving up swearing, boozing or gossiping about the neighbors, kids who are following in their parent’s religious path opt to give something more sweet and innocent up in honor of Lent. They don’t have as many ‘sins’ to work from.
I should add that most people aren’t making their four-year-old give something up for Lent. They really don’t have that much self-control yet and the whole concept would probably be lost on most preschoolers. Many religious families give their children the option to participate when their children are in elementary school and then only after they have done gone through their first communion. So what are the kids giving up?
(And even if your family is not Catholic or Christian, some of these might be fun to try out regardless)
Also check out Danielle’s great piece on what moms might wanna give up for Lent right here: