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help needed explaining lent to an 8yo

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Italiangreyhound Mon 18-Feb-13 20:41:00

Just like advent is the lead up to Christmas so Lent is the lead up to Easter. Just as you send out invitations, blow up balloons and bake cakes before a party so you spend some time during the run up to these major Christian festivals preparing for them.

Why not google ... things children can do in lent

This is what I got

My DD is 8 and so far we have not done any of these things! But I think we will introduce some of these ideas.

All the best.

MaryBS Wed 13-Feb-13 13:52:49

Put simply, Jesus spent 40 days in the desert, going without food (fasting), to prepare him for the start of his work (ministry). The 40 days reminds us of that. It used to be a time when Christians would do without things, but nowadays many Christians try to do something extra. Its preparation for Holy Week and Easter.

Some interesting facts here

liveinazoo Wed 13-Feb-13 13:45:26

my dd2 has become very interested in christianity reently,despite us believing ,we are not church goers and i have no idea how to explain lent.she sees it as a time we give up something<she has decided wants to give up chocolate>but i cannot explain to her why this happens.i hae tried wikipedia but the explaination is too complicated for her to understand
i hope someone can help me or signpost me somewhere that can
Thank you

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