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Should Your Family Observe Lent This Year? (And What Is It Anyway?)

Should your family observe Lent? What is it exactly? Whether you're Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, or another Christian denomination, you can still observe Lent as a family. These ideas, activities, and meals are great for kids and adults, and they include advice on what to give up and what to add in during this special season.

Most Christians consider Lent to be a Catholic thing and don’t really give it much thought. But Lent is fundamentally a Christian thing, a preparation of the heart and spirit for the solemn event of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It’s a season of prayer, repentance, and self denial.  The self denial part is never fun, but we can make it meaningful and important for our families without making it about legalism and rules. Lent starts on Valentine’s Day this year, February 14, so it’s already time to start thinking about it. Several years ago, I wrote a great … Read more

16 Simple Lent Activities for All Christian Kids

  I have often written through the years about Advent. It is the season of waiting immediately before Christmas, a joyful and expectant time when Christians prepare for the birth of Christ. Lent is a similar time of waiting immediately before Easter, but it is a solemn and expectant time as we remember the sacrifice Jesus made in giving his life for all humanity. Lent is observed as the six weeks before Good Friday. It is preceded by Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, the day on which observes eat the last of their fatty, rich foods so that they don’t go … Read more