Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Shrove Tuesday 2010
Another snowfall. Big, fat white flakes drifting to the ground. This is the most snow we have had in years, and I am trying to appreciate it. It is a good time for baking bread, drinking cocoa, listening to books on tape and knitting.
I'm not much for Mardi Gras now as an adult. I look at it as a last day in which to draw a deep breath in preparation for Lent. In Munich it was Fasching Dienstag, and I loved it as a teen. Germans are normally a very reserved lot, so during Fasching, when anything goes, they really cut loose and let it all hang out--for better or worse!
Since we tend to do pretty much the same things for Lent each year, I'm going to offer some things from last year's posts here.
First of all, we will all be looking at this Lenten Worksheet today during our Religion studies. It really does help to put down on paper what we intend to do.
Very popular last year (many hits on my blog) were these Stations of the Cross for kids to color. We did them for a few years, but now the kids prefer the Stations of the Cross cards which I laminated a couple of years ago. We put them up throughout the house and on Fridays we process through the house using this book and singing the Stabat Mater.
This evening I will review this list of practices--corporal and spiritual--for the season of Lent. I shall do this while devouring the last of the M&Ms, cookies, ice cream and whatever else looks good. It will be like Mardi Gras for my mouth...it is only fitting that Lent should begin with a massive stomach ache, right?
I am also looking at the Netflix queue and bumping up all the religious-themed dvds and those which are related to school subjects. We will be saving those "purely entertainment" movies for Sundays.
Last but not least, and something I ought to have done a couple of weeks ago, is a Lenten menu plan. Simpler foods, several meatless ones each week (difficult--most of my kids are real carnivores!), with something a little more festive for feast days and Sundays. So I need to go to some recipe sites and to my cookbooks and come up with a plan.
Hope your Lent is meaningful to you, and that it bears beautiful fruit for Easter!