Holiday Edition

Lent

From Ash Wednesday which started last Wednesday all the way up until Easter (40 days) is when Christians give up something that they believe will purify them.  A lot of times they give up alcohol, or chocolate or things along that line. There are a million things you can give up.  Some say sweets altogether or things like lying or cursing which let’s keep it real are great things you don’t need in the first place.  I know for one that many people who designate themselves as Christians follow this practice as well.  So here’s a unique listing of things you can do that I found on The Sun

February 20 – Smile at people

February 21 – Be a nice driver – spread road-calm!

February 22 – Email / write to a local charity you think does a great work and thank them and those who volunteer

February 23 – Take time to pray for your neighbours

February 24 – Spread the niceness on Facebook and Twitter – compliment some of your friends

February 25 – Set up a Blessing Bag – a bag of items you keep in your car that can be used to bless other people or a Blessing Box outside your church building – place in it a few items that will bless others

February 26 – Write a letter (or use social media) to a local emergency service and thank them for the work they do

February 27 – Say hello to people

February 28 – Look at joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

March 1 – Spot ways of helping people and do it

March 2 – Go on a thankful walk – see all the positive things you can be thankful for in your neighbourhood

March 3 – Buy Fair trade where you can today

March 4 – Take a single person (elderly person, single mum…) out for Sunday lunch

March 5 – Consider investing some time volunteering – could you give 24 hours over the next year?

March 6 – Commit to collect used stamps for The Leprosy Mission or other charity

March 7 – Catch a bus and say thank you to the bus driver

March 8 – Give a drink to a homeless person or take part in “Suspended Coffee”

March 9 – Email / write to your MP and say thank you for representing you and that you are praying for them

March 10 – Take a prayer walk around your neighbourhood and pray for needs

Mothering Sunday, March 11 – Take some flowers to mothers and grandmas on your street

March 12 – Buy seeds ready to create a wildlife garden (or tub or window box!)

March 13 – Look for ways to volunteer one hour of your time for someone else

March 14 – E-Mail your local councillors and say thank you for what they do and offer to pray for them

March 15 – Take time to discover some new tourist attraction in your area (eg wildlife park, play area, etc)

March 16 – Give away a book you think is worth reading

March 17 – Pay for the drink of the person behind you in a coffee shop

March 18 – Write some inspirational messages on Post-It notes and randomly leave for people to find

March 19 – Help someone down the stairs or hold open a door for someone with a pram

March 20 – Look out for a stranger you can chat to

March 21 – Offer your skills to someone else for free

March 22 – Write a letter to the boss of someone who has given excellent customer service to tell them so

March 23 – Clear out unwanted items and give to a charity shop

March 24 – Organise a free car wash for your community

Palm Sunday, March 25 – Thank people for the virtues they have

March 26 – Send flowers to a friend as a thank you for your friendship

March 27 – Give a New Testament or inspirational book to someone you don’t know

March 28 – Take a box of chocolates to work and say thank you to your colleagues

Maundy Thursday, March 29 – Serve someone

Good Friday, March 30 – Put spare change in a charity box

March 31 – Visit a local shop you have not visited before or in a while (support locally!)

Easter Sunday, April 1 – Get together with others to organize a community or church Easter Egg hunt

St. Patrick’s Day

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On March 17 those far and near will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It started traditionally as a way to honor Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick.  In America it is to celebrate Irish American culture.  Now it has turned into a celebration for non Irish as swarms of shops will sell anything and everything green including food.

There are a lot of ways you can celebrate it.  The one thing is regardless of how be sure to have fun and be careful.  The bar specials that take place around this holiday are too many to count.  Be sure that if you are going out and having a few green beers that you do it responsibly.

 

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