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    • avogadro
    • By avogadro 12th Feb 18, 6:24 PM
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    Do people still give things up for Lent?
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    • 12th Feb 18, 6:24 PM
    Do people still give things up for Lent? 12th Feb 18 at 6:24 PM
    I remember my grandmother saying she gave up having sugar in her tea for Lent when she was young (and never went back to having it!)

    I think I'm long overdue a chocolate sabbatical, so that might be a good candidate to forego for 40 days.

    Pancake Day is tomorrow. Will you be giving anything up for Lent this year?
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    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 12th Feb 18, 6:36 PM
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    Iím giving up coffee *


















    * I donít like coffee
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Feb 18, 6:37 PM
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    Never have, never will.
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 12th Feb 18, 6:59 PM
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    • 12th Feb 18, 6:59 PM
    Never have, never will.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Same here. I'm not religious, so I see little point in following a Christian tradition. .
    Although I never make New Year resolutions either.
    I will be having pancakes though!
    • tessiesmummy
    • By tessiesmummy 12th Feb 18, 7:02 PM
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    • 12th Feb 18, 7:02 PM
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    • 12th Feb 18, 7:02 PM
    I might give up chocolate... I have no willpower though.
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    • avogadro
    • By avogadro 12th Feb 18, 7:17 PM
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    • 12th Feb 18, 7:17 PM
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    • 12th Feb 18, 7:17 PM
    Same here. I'm not religious, so I see little point in following a Christian tradition. .
    Although I never make New Year resolutions either.
    I will be having pancakes though!
    Originally posted by Jackmydad
    This is it, you don't have to be religious to follow a tradition that has its roots in Christianity
    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 12th Feb 18, 7:20 PM
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    • 12th Feb 18, 7:20 PM
    Some of us in the Alphabetty thread are doing sugar free February plus those of us who don't eat sugar (as in cakes, biscuits etc) are giving up other naughty stuff.

    It's not for Lent though, just something we got roped in to decided to do amongst ourselves.
    Some people only exist as examples of what to avoid...
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    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 12th Feb 18, 7:55 PM
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    • 12th Feb 18, 7:55 PM
    This is it, you don't have to be religious to follow a tradition that has its roots in Christianity
    Originally posted by avogadro
    Quite agree. I just pick out the bits of tradition I fancy though.
    • KxMx
    • By KxMx 12th Feb 18, 8:10 PM
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    • 12th Feb 18, 8:10 PM
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    • 12th Feb 18, 8:10 PM
    I'm giving up biscuits. Whole, in chocolate bars or ice cream cones etc.

    I've been eating too many lately so going without for a bit will be good for me anyway.

    My Birthday always falls somewhere within Lent so it can be a challenge to find something I will genuinely miss but can do without on the big day!
    • MrsShazbat
    • By MrsShazbat 12th Feb 18, 8:55 PM
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    Last year I gave up chocolate. This year I'm giving up chocolate and office treats/nibbles/crap. In theory there shouldn't be much but then it just appears out of nowhere because working in the city centre, there's a Tesco and a Sainsbury's on the doorstep plus our own deli/cafe (although that's meant to be "healthy" stuff only). So yeh, chocolate in general and associated office treats.
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    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 12th Feb 18, 9:16 PM
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    My sister came home from school and told mum that the teacher had told the class that they must give up green vegetables for Lent. Nice try, but it didn't work.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 12th Feb 18, 9:32 PM
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    When I was at school, I gave up sugar in tea for Lent, and couldn't go back to it afterwards, so the next year I gave up sugar in coffee, and the same thing happened.

    Haven't had sugar in hot drinks since.

    I di Dry January this year, but am still forgoing alcohol, plus am doing the sugar-free February mentioned earlier, and also foregoing crisps.

    There isn't much left to give up for Lent! I eat hardly any meat, either.

    I am intending to try dairy-free, as I think I might be lactose intolerant, and if that doesn't help, I'll try wheat-free, and see if that helps, but I'll probably start that in March, rather than this week!

    Oh and I've also restarted the 5:2 this month, so I've already had three fast days.


    Lent overlaps some of those things, so I suppose the answer to the OP is, yes! Unintentionally!
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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 12th Feb 18, 9:33 PM
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    No I don't like pancakes and don't have Easter eggs.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 12th Feb 18, 9:41 PM
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    I'm giving up giving up things for Lent... for Lent.
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    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 12th Feb 18, 11:01 PM
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    Rather than give something up for lent I am planning on giving more to the food and toiletries box at church, that goes to a local charity helping struggling families in the area. I have sporadically put in a few bits and Bob's when I have remembered to pick up a few bits, but often forget to get a few extras with my shopping. I Plan to make a conscious effort each week to get a decent amount of goods and donate them. I hope that doing this for lent will be habit forming and will help me continue beyond Easter.
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    • Tabbytabitha
    • By Tabbytabitha 12th Feb 18, 11:41 PM
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    I give up alcohol for Lent - I've done it for over 10 years.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 13th Feb 18, 8:33 AM
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    No. Iíve never done so. Between dry January and vegan February, Iím tempted to take up something naughty!
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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 13th Feb 18, 8:46 AM
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