Giving Up Sweets for Lent
Tuesday February 20th 2007, 12:03 pm

Yesterday I wrote about Pancake Day, and the beginning of Lent tomorrow. I wrote that I haven’t given up anything for Lent since I was about twelve years old. I started thinking about this after I wrote it, and I decided that this is the year I will give something up for Lent. From February 21 until April 6, which is Good Friday, I will give up eating all candy, cake, cookies, pies, puddings, muffins, and all other sweet desserts. This period of time is actually forty-four days and not forty days.

I don’t know if anyone fasts or gives up things for Lent anymore. Is this something which this generation doesn’t even bother with now? The Catholic Church mentions only giving up red meat, and only on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays during Lent. I don’t know when this tradition of giving up things we enjoyed during Lent started, probably with Catholic parents and priests. I am not Catholic, but I think all Christian churches felt this way.

It has nothing to do with religious reasons, but for health reasons. So for the next forty-four days, and hopefully longer, I will try to do this. People who give advice about dieting always advise that in order for me to be successful, I should purge my cupboards, refrigerator and freezer of all of these types of foods, and throw them away. I would love to do that, but there are other people in my household, who wouldn’t be too pleased with this. I just won’t purchase or bake anymore of it, and I will just have to be more disciplined about not eating sweets, than I have been in the past. I am optimistic that I can do it.

Have a good day,