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Are you giving anything up for Lent?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BelleDuJour, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Are you giving up anything for Lent?
    I gave up alcohol, chocolate, cakes, biscuits, potatoes, bread and pasta on January 1st........................so there seem little left to give up!
    Oh well, I'd better give up whelks, tripe and jellied ells. At least I'll succeed!
  2. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

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  3. finisterre_277

    finisterre_277 Established commenter

    Not Catholic so no.
  4. finisterre_277

    finisterre_277 Established commenter

    Saw someone with ash in a cross on her forehead today.
  5. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I'll give up giving up I think. I decided on dry January and haven't really had a drink since. I try to give up carbs, but I can't sustain it.
  6. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I shall be giving up any hope of getting the tools I've lent people back.
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  7. josienig

    josienig Star commenter

    Our parish introduced small wooden stamps to put dainty ash crosses on foreheads but one priest obviously forgot to bring his to church this morning..some of the students had been to mass before school and had half their forehead covered in thick ash.
    I haven't given up anything for Lent since I was 9 or 10 when I gave up sugar in my tea..it was a huge sacrifice and I was so excited on Easter Sunday to have my cup of sugary tea. It was vile! I have never taken such a risk since..can you imagine giving up red wine and discovering 40 days later that you couldn't stand the taste?? :)
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  8. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

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  9. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Now come on, Belle. You know that lent isn't just an excuse for a diet!
  10. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

    I'm giving up the EU.
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  11. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Are you catholic, Belle? Or is Lent a wider Christian practice?
    No, I won't be giving anything up. I was brought up catholic and had to do all that crapola when I was younger - yes, even the ash cross on the forehead which we weren't allowed to rub off. I'm what's regarded as "lapsed" now, although I think it's a misleading term as it suggests a temporary state. ;- )
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  12. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    I'm giving up meaningless bouts of self-denial....
  13. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I think I recognise you, Frank...
    It's the pithy one liners.
  14. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    My Mum's very religious and attends a High Anglican church (which seems very similar to Catholicism to me) and 'does' Lent so it spreads that far outside of the Catholic church at least.

    I don't observe Lenten traditions because I'm not religious.
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  15. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    High Anglican has held on to a number of the rituals. But there are more Catholics in the world so Lent is predominantly a Catholic thing. As I implied.
  16. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter


    Hate the stuff and not consciously eaten it in 20 years. So easy enough.

    And smoking... and heroin!...

    This lent thing is a doddle.
  17. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    I'm honoured (maybe) - but I'd wager you're wrong...
  18. Alf58

    Alf58 Established commenter

    May suggest you give up loaning tools? just a thought.:)
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  19. Alceanne

    Alceanne Occasional commenter

    In our household we already have three people with serious food allergies, two fussy eaters and a vegetarian.

    Now, two of them are giving up four foods each (and not quite the same four) for lent.

    I'm going to give up providing family meals...
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  20. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    Who do you think she thinks you are?!
    I haven't a clue. You are not po-faced enough to be Detterling...

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