1) This year, we plan on
2) This next idea I got from Lacy over at Catholic Icing. We're going to make up a sacrifice box. Basically, each of us, mom and dad included, will pick one or two things that we will give up for Lent, and place them in some sort of box, which will then be put away until Easter. In our family, we don't count Sundays as part of Lent, so we may be letting the stuff out for Sunday afternoons. I haven't decided yet, but a good, small-space friendly idea, either way.
3) Our main Lenten daily activity will be the merciful cross I found on Pondered in My Heart. With little more than a construction paper cross and some flower shaped Post-its, we'll have a very visible reminder of how much (or how little) we've done for our fellow men in the way of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. It's a nice little lesson, and again, very easy to do in a small space.
4) In addition to those, we'll also be using Lacy's Lenten calendar for kids, as it will easily fit in to our Saxon math meeting book routine.
As for weekly ideas, we are already, thank God!, in the habit of saying a daily Rosary, so to add prayers into our Lenten routine, we're going to try for at least weekly, if not (I hope) daily Stations of the Cross. That apartment idea will be posted tomorrow, on How Tuesdays.
Speaking of Tuesday, tomorrow is Fat Tuesday! How excited am I? It's the one day of the year when I really don't mind if my kids eat as many treats as they want. What is the point of the austerity of Lent if we have nothing to miss? I'm hoping to actually start the day off with Nan's potato pancakes, for the husband, and possibly doughnuts, as that is, apparently, some kind of German tradition, which the husband says we need to incorporate into our childrens' lives because they are part German.
So now I want to know, do you have any special Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fastnacht Day, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day? Anything special planned for Lent?