It's Ash Wednesday today, the beginning of Lent, a period that lasts 40 days leading up to Easter. The date for Easter changes every year according to the moon phase. It is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox.
It's the tradition in my family to give up something for Lent. When we were children, we always gave up candy and my parents gave up their cocktails. Now that I am older (!), I am thinking more carefully about what to give up. Of course, sweets.
But then I was thinking about trying something that will be a lot harder. I am giving up "recreational" shopping. I don't really need anything. I have everything I want... and more. I shop sometimes because I am bored, because I want to check out what's available, or because I feel like I need a fix.
I am setting up some little rules: I have a party on the 7th that needs an outfit that I don't have readily available in my closet! The party is a Moroccan theme and guests are asked to dress in something from the middle east. My date, Mr. Big, is wearing a suit and a fez.
Soooo... there will be somethings that I will need to buy. Food, gas, coffee... Other than basics and essentials, no shopping.
Are you giving anything up for Lent?