Break into your Valentine's Day chocolate early this year; Lent begins on Wednesday, February 13.
The Christian season of Lent spans the forty days prior to Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, a holiday typically marked by worship services and the imposition of ashes. Lent has traditionally been observed as a somber season of repentance, reflection, penitence, discipline, and fasting. During this time, many Christians chose to "give something up." Often this practice takes the form of abstinence from a favorite treat, such as chocolate, coffee, soda, or alcohol. Others opt to give up a vice, such as swearing or gambling. Some choose to refrain from certain time-consuming activities, such as video games or social networking sites.
For some, the connection between fasting and Lenten devotion is seamless, a clear reminder of the meaning of the season. But for others, the challenge of "giving something up" can detract focus. Keep reading for suggestions on how to make your Lenten devotion about more than chocolate deprivation.