|Jesus "Tree" Banner with Ornaments|
I've asked the older kids to each choose and plan an activity to do during Lent and to think about what we as a family could "give up" and what virtue or virtues we would like to work on. It's something that we try to do yearly, as well as our personal sacrafices. I thought that perhaps in addition to the ornaments, we could add leaves to our vine that would represent our sacrifices and deeds to grow in virtue. We've done this in other ways in previous years, and I know that my oldest may be too old, but I thought we would try it, anyways. Even I sometimes find myself keeping track of my "sacrifices" on a set of sacrifice beads I keep on the kitchen windowsill. Reminds me to offer up what I find tedious, boring, frustrating, nerve-wracking, and distasteful. It sure beats complaining!
Other things we like to do are to attend Stations of the Cross at least once or twice and our church's soup suppers. The kids, through their various activities usually end up volunteering for one or two of them. They also participate in "Living Stations" at our church.
As I get going, I will try to post some of our Lenten resources and activities.