Many cultures around the world have periods of time when people give something up, whether it is the day-time fasts of Ramadan, fasting on Yom Kippur, or the current season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. Mardi Gras, celebrated just yesterday, is a raucous celebration before the 40 days of abstension begins.
The idea of "giving something up for Lent" has spread past church walls. Many people whose cultural traditions don't specifically include the concept use this time as an excuse to give up sugar, coffee, alcohol, internet (!!), and other things in life sometimes viewed as indulgences or even vices.
Here at Growing Tables, we thought we would take Lent in the opposite direction. Instead of giving up, we are adding on to our workload by promising a post at least every work day in Lent (and maybe the weekends, too). We have a few things in our back pocket to get things rolling, but if any of you have suggestions, we'll take them!