I hate winter. I hate cold weather. And I hate being stuck inside my house. So it seems only fitting that this is the time of year when Lent falls. I could never do Lent in July ’cause even if I was giving up sugar or alcohol I could still be at the beach or in the pool or on the deck with a book. Instead I’m stoking up the wood stove and trying to prevent Fulton and Teddy from destroying our furniture one crash at a time.
Seeing as I’m in such a fun mood, I thought I’d share five of our family’s favorite Lenten traditions. I know many of you younger readers or converts are wondering “How do I start living liturgically?”. Don’t worry, here are five things we do every year, without fail, that really help the whole family get into the Lenten season.
1. Take turns playing Lenten police.
“MAMA, Addie’s snuck a finger-full of Nutella!” “PAPA, Edie’s sneaking bacon in her oatmeal!!” “MAMA, Byron keeps singing Alleluia!” “TONY! Is that whiskey you just put in your coffee???”
2. Stay up until midnight on Saturday for a treat.
“3…2…1! Happy Sunday!! NOM NOM NOM”
3. Start a new audio mission, spiritual reading or liturgically themed craft we won’t finish. Our favorite sites for discovering unfinishable materials include
- Audio Sancto
- Fulton Sheen Talks
- Lighthouse Catholic Media
- The Catholic Company
- Catholic Icing
- Catholic Inspired
- Illuminated Ink?
4. The day 16 argument over whether or not fruit snacks are sweets coupled with the day 17 argument over who ate all the fruit snacks.
“It’s called ‘Family Size’ for a reason! There’d better be more packs somewhere in this house!!!”
5. Forget to offer up our sufferings as we watch people enjoy things we’ve given up.
“Seriously kids, if you don’t stop savoring that pizza right in front of me I’m going to throw your Kindles out an upstairs window.”