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So the devil is here tempting you. What has he in his hand?

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Litluts Tue 05-Mar-19 14:29:31

Whatever it is, you better eat it quick, as it's the last you'll see of it for 40 days and 40 nights.

What are you giving up for Lent? grin

AnneLovesGilbert Tue 05-Mar-19 14:50:10

Cambazola has Pinot noir

AnneLovesGilbert Tue 05-Mar-19 14:50:20


ShirleyPhallus Tue 05-Mar-19 14:51:12

Thinking about alcohol

Anyone done this?

Hushnownobodycares Tue 05-Mar-19 14:53:39


Ex church goer and been conned into giving up enough of life's pleasures to cover a lifetime's worth of Lents.

nrpmum Tue 05-Mar-19 14:55:47

Nothing here too, don't believe in that bollacks

scaryteacher Tue 05-Mar-19 14:58:28


I might try to give up chocolate, but they sell such lovely little Easter eggs loose here in Belgium, and I've just bought a shed load of chocolate back from Vienna.....

BaronessBomburst Tue 05-Mar-19 14:59:10

Nothing, but my work colleagues and several friends have all commented that I have no resistance to cheese.

Crunchymum Tue 05-Mar-19 15:00:04

Rioja and Kettle Chips.

Litluts Tue 05-Mar-19 15:09:24


UtterlyUnimaginativeUsername Tue 05-Mar-19 15:27:06

Chocolate. Nothing to do with Lent though, I'm an atheist; it's because I'm on a LCHF diet.

Atalune Tue 05-Mar-19 15:29:51


edwinbear Tue 05-Mar-19 15:31:01

Alcohol - do it most years and always feel great for it.

9 yr old DS is giving up school apparently and DD (7) is giving up the IPad.....hmm

bellinisurge Tue 05-Mar-19 15:32:32

Class A drugs and scuba diving.

BlueMerchant Tue 05-Mar-19 15:34:29


Nesssie Tue 05-Mar-19 15:40:44

Takeaways/buying lunch out. Going to try and make health pack lunches and save money.

bellinisurge Tue 05-Mar-19 15:40:45

I figured I could offer my dismay at Brexit up to Jesus to cover it. I'm a Catholic- we fudge it after a bit .

FriarTuck Tue 05-Mar-19 15:45:26

Calories. I'm counting from tomorrow.

TemporaryPermanent Tue 05-Mar-19 15:48:37

Restraint and maturity. Just messaged another hot looking guy off* because I feel like some attention.

*name changed to protect my blushes

Stabbitha Tue 05-Mar-19 15:50:45

Spending money

Mydollymolly Tue 05-Mar-19 15:53:52

I did ask my boss if I could give up work for 40 days of lent. His answer wasn't very Christian like I must say.

WhatisFreddoingnow Tue 05-Mar-19 15:56:53

Pray - An hour of Adoration every week.
Fast - Chocolate and properly fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday unlike last year's brunch fiasco
Charity - Make a point of doing some kind of good deed for someone somewhere everyday

Woooo! Love Easter.

Prymatt Tue 05-Mar-19 16:04:35

Instead of giving up i'm going to try to do something positive, 30 min exercise everyday and put aside for charity or de-clutter an item everyday.

flitwit99 Tue 05-Mar-19 16:05:23

A jar of Nutella and a teaspoon

CigarsofthePharoahs Tue 05-Mar-19 16:11:06

Biscuits. In particular chocolate malted milks or custard creams.
Actually I should probably just say all high gi carbohydrates. I'm a sugar fiend.
Thankfully not being Roman Catholic I can gorge without the guilt.

bellinisurge Tue 05-Mar-19 16:15:00

@CigarsofthePharoahs Maybe I like the misery grin. Gratuitous Father Ted quote there.
Which reminds me that dh and I need to watch the Father Ted Lenten Classic- "cigarettes , alcohol and roller blading ". I encourage everyone to seek that episode out.

BiddyPop Tue 05-Mar-19 16:20:06

Caring for others.

Do any of those count?!

We're such bad catholics that, while we are managing pancakes tonight, we are eating meat tomorrow as part of a proper dinner - I had an option for fish but DH roundly shot it down....

We regularly completely forget it by accident, and there were many years when we were travelling on Good Friday as well and only remembered as we finished ham sandwiches on our lunch stop....

scaryteacher Tue 05-Mar-19 16:30:51

CigarsI'll give your chocolate malted milks a home and biscuit sit for you for Lent.

junecat Tue 05-Mar-19 16:36:50

We are so bored of giving up something at work that we are giving something instead. We've got a box for food bank and a box for the local animal shelter and we all take turns to put something in so both boxes will end up with 40 items.

VelociraptorRex Tue 05-Mar-19 16:40:58

Single use plastic - I'm not religious, but a few friends and I tried this last year as a challenge, and I'm trying to do even better this year, it's harder than I expected and there's no way I'm giving up wine and chocolate for something I don't believe in

Pk37 Tue 05-Mar-19 16:41:17

Nowt. Not religious at all

TokyoSushi Tue 05-Mar-19 16:43:10

Not giving anything up, but if I did it would be the usual, chocolate and alcohol. I might give no alcohol Monday - Friday a go!

Angeladelight Tue 05-Mar-19 16:45:03

I’ve got a craving for doughnuts today, which doesn’t happen often. Would it be unreasonable to use the excuse of lent to eat 5 doughnuts today and say I won’t have any until after Easter? I have them twice a year max. I just really fancy them today...

DontCallMeCharlotte Tue 05-Mar-19 16:46:00

de-clutter an item everyday

That's a brilliant idea! And the sentiment behind it of course.

Slowknitter Tue 05-Mar-19 16:49:33

Heathen and proud of it. Generally speaking, if something needs to be given up, it's worth giving up for good, or cutting down on for good. I've never seen why people give something up for 40 days, only to go straight back to it (probably with renewed enthusiasm!) afterwards. What's the point?

DownToTheSeaAgain Tue 05-Mar-19 16:52:41


It's going to be incredibly hard.

PeachRose Tue 05-Mar-19 16:54:51


Annasgirl Tue 05-Mar-19 16:56:36

Either chocolate or alcohol - hard to decide but I can console myself with chocolate if I give up alcohol - doesn’t really work the other way around!!!

recrudescence Tue 05-Mar-19 16:56:46


But I am going to cheat when my husband is at work. Sorry, God.

CryHavoc Tue 05-Mar-19 17:01:35

I am not a practicing Christian, but I went to Catholic school, and always remember a teacher lecturing my class when the usual list of chocolate/sweets/pop was given on being asked about giving something up for Lent. She told us that giving up sweet things in this case would have a benefit for us - most of the teenage girls in the class were hoping that a month without chocolate would make them lose weight - and that wasn't the point. It's about actual deprivation and sacrifice - not something that you know you should have less of anyway and will ultimately have a positive outcome for you at the end.
It stayed with me in a way that lots of teaching at that school didn't.

WhatisFreddoingnow Tue 05-Mar-19 17:28:45

I think someone has already mentioned it but the Christian sentiment of fasting for lent is about sacrifice rather than self-betterment. I'm giving up chocolate because I love having a bar of chocolate in the evenings. I'm not giving it up to lose weight.

AlmostAJillSandwich Tue 05-Mar-19 17:32:01

Mmmmm pizza and cinnamon buns

Esaworry Tue 05-Mar-19 17:33:58

I'd take the devil's hand and we would laugh together at the people giving things up for lent.

PhilomenaButterfly Tue 05-Mar-19 17:34:41


FrangipaniBlue Tue 05-Mar-19 17:40:26

Refined sugar

domton Tue 05-Mar-19 17:45:57

I saw a thing on Facebook, about collecting one thing each day from your house and giving to a food Bank/charity shop etc. I think I'll do something similar.

dudsville Tue 05-Mar-19 17:49:09

(oh, thank god I'm not religious - good luck to you, it's a great thing you're contemplating doing!)

dudsville Tue 05-Mar-19 17:49:26

Ps. I came for the thread title - great one!

dudsville Tue 05-Mar-19 17:50:21

(and now I've learned how to make things bold, sorry about highlighting god. Didn't mean anything by that!.)

TheLastNigel Tue 05-Mar-19 18:18:00

Just general bad eating. I've gone through one of my sod it I'll eat what I want stages-need to get back to being a bit more mindful about what I'm eating.

TheBitchOfTheVicar Tue 05-Mar-19 18:25:53

I hadn't thought. Thinking now...alcohol and crisps! Done!

Chocolatecoffeeaddict Tue 05-Mar-19 18:28:29

Kebab and chocolate

BlackeyedGruesome Tue 05-Mar-19 18:28:30

Nowt, non-conformist, going to celebrate all good gifts coming from God. that is my excuse and I am sticking to it

I may try to do something positive instead if I can find extra energy.

Sweetpea55 Tue 05-Mar-19 18:29:06

Lent is overated. I'm giving up nothing

Jsmith99 Tue 05-Mar-19 18:32:10

I’m giving up religion for lent. I started doing this in 1985. It went so well that I decided to continue giving up religion permanently.

HelmutFrontbut Tue 05-Mar-19 18:36:59

My lent starts next Monday (clean/green Monday 😥) Waaaghh

funkybum Tue 05-Mar-19 18:38:31

Lentils wink

azulmariposa Tue 05-Mar-19 18:38:52


Fazackerley Tue 05-Mar-19 18:39:47

Alcohol. Meant to buy a bottle of wine for tonight and forgot . Sad times.

stevie69 Tue 05-Mar-19 18:41:21

I'm fasting between sunrise and sunset.

The Devil can tempt; I shall resist blush

GoingToInfinity Tue 05-Mar-19 18:42:18

Facebook and it's going to be a real struggle, which is exactly why I need to give it up. No idea what I'm going to do with all of the time I'd usually waste on it though.

Ilove31415926535 Tue 05-Mar-19 18:45:41

I'm giving up ironing for lent. I feel it's for the best grin

stevie69 Tue 05-Mar-19 18:45:42

What's the point?

It strengthens the faith blush

VelociraptorRex Tue 05-Mar-19 20:44:42

@Esaworry top plan grin
I'm hoping that after 40 days I'll be so good at the plastic thing that I'll just keep improving, I'm not stopping at Easter.

Gatouttahell Tue 05-Mar-19 21:12:48

The devil can never be as evil not add the Christian God.

AhFeck Tue 05-Mar-19 21:27:13

I'm generally just giving up grin

NoCanoe Tue 05-Mar-19 21:36:21

I'm giving up my daily stalking drool of all Ant Middleton photos on the internet.
It's Lenten sacrifice. And that bluddy restraining order !😉

DailyBaileys Wed 06-Mar-19 00:02:34


Lovingbenidorm Wed 06-Mar-19 00:10:28

I’m giving up denying myself anything

DailyBaileys Wed 06-Mar-19 00:10:41

...also thought about giving up my iPad. yikes.

DailyBaileys Wed 06-Mar-19 00:28:41

OK -- I got it!
I am going to give up complaining.
Not really sure if I can do that for
40 Days and 40 Nights,
...but I shall try!
DH would be vv happy.

JaneJeffer Wed 06-Mar-19 00:31:28

I’ve had to google Ant Middleton and he looks very devilish.

Don’t look at this NoCanoe!

NoCanoe Wed 06-Mar-19 04:20:51

Oooh, too late JaneJeffer!
Surreptitiously wipes drool away.
I didn't actively look for him, so I'm still good, I think. smile

NoCanoe Wed 06-Mar-19 04:21:41

But oh my thoughts!!! blush

ADHMeeee Wed 06-Mar-19 06:04:06

Not religious, here.
And I've never remembered what happens when.
But I do need to diet and exercise, badly.
I'll give up beating myself up for my weight.

Happynow001 Wed 06-Mar-19 06:44:30

Possibly Mumsnet. I'm spending far too much time on here! 😬

Tryingtoholdittogether Wed 06-Mar-19 07:27:44


Tryingtoholdittogether Wed 06-Mar-19 07:29:03

But I won't be doing this

sar302 Wed 06-Mar-19 10:52:03

Not religious, and not original, but I'm giving up chocolate for lent. I'm attempting it as an exercise in self control, as this is something I seem to be lacking at the moment - specifically in relation to chocolate!

I also have a spa day booked for two days after Easter Sunday, so I'm hoping 40 days with no chocolate binges and a bit more exercise will see me looking better in a swimsuit!

stevie69 Wed 06-Mar-19 10:56:21

I'd take the devil's hand and we would laugh together at the people giving things up for lent

Laugh away. It's not going to change my plan blush

WhatisFreddoingnow Wed 06-Mar-19 16:04:34


I've never really understood these comments glorifying the devil as something fun. The devil represents every aspect of torture and evil and suffering. It's like saying "I want to go to hell (i.e eternal torment through the absence of God) because that's where all the fun people go." Even taking the religious aspect out, it doesn't make logical sense?

Even when I was fairly unreligious, the representation never made sense...

Esaworry Wed 06-Mar-19 18:10:41

God killed millions in the Bible. The devil killed 4.

Seems like God and his temper are a much worse wrath to face.

colouringinpro Wed 06-Mar-19 18:15:48

Cakes and biscuits. Really need to get my comfort eating under control confused

WhatisFreddoingnow Wed 06-Mar-19 18:42:34

God is the author of life so he has the right to create life and to permit it being taken away. I trust that He will always work for the good in any bad situation. Furthermore, death isn't the end for us. The devil and man can kill life but only God has the power to give eternal life.

Also, if we're talking about OT, Catholics don't use Sola Scriptura so we don't take everything in the OT as literal as well.

lottielady Wed 06-Mar-19 18:47:00

Tequila and group sex.

beanaseireann Wed 06-Mar-19 18:48:53

Lindor chocolate

IamFrauBlucher Wed 06-Mar-19 19:02:32

Woah woah woah......

There are chocolate malted milks???????

How long have they been in existence???

Esaworry Wed 06-Mar-19 19:10:29

I'd rather take my chances with the devil. God seems an utter cunt.

Yutes Wed 06-Mar-19 19:11:05


Litluts Wed 06-Mar-19 20:23:49

I believe in the devil (temptation), so a wise soul once told me that you can't believe in evil without believing in good. Fair point.
I'm probably on the devil's team. Centre half back. Or a worn out goalie that God's team keep taking shots at.
I am agnostic. However, it's a good excuse to try to restrain myself.
I'm giving up nothing. I've 2 vices I should give up, but it's going to take more than self control to conquer them.

Huntawaymama Wed 06-Mar-19 20:33:07


Kerantli Wed 06-Mar-19 20:35:03

Nail biting/skin biting.

I expect to last a grand total of 2 days

stopfuckingshoutingatme Wed 06-Mar-19 21:17:00

I liked what the archbishop said about cynicism and listening to differing views

One for AIBU smile to consider

youwouldthink Wed 06-Mar-19 21:51:03

Doing something new this year that I saw shared.
Every day going to take one thing from my house. . Be it clothes, books etc that I no longer use but in good order and when the 40 days are up going to drop it to my local charity shop.

stevie69 Thu 07-Mar-19 10:47:44

I'd rather take my chances with the devil. God seems an utter cunt.

And that is your right. I don't think it'll end well but ...... it's your choice blush

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Thu 07-Mar-19 10:52:59

Opioids and farting indoors.

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