Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Feasting Before the Fast


Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which begins the Church season of Lent, a beautiful time of sacrifice, reflection, prayer, fasting, self-examination, spiritual reflection, and penance.  As we enter this solemn period of time in the Church year in preparation for Easter, our family usually refrains from richer foods (this year for us this will include meat - send me your best vegetarian recipes, please! I'd love ideas) and desserts.  SO, today we celebrated Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).  As someone was blessing us with a meal tonight, we ate our Mardi Gras feast last night (New Orleans style Jambalaya, roasted Brussel sprouts, and cornbread made by the little man - he's becoming quite the chef/baker!).


And we finished off our celebration with a King's cake after dinner tonight.  
Dom was enthralled by the King's cake, especially the little plastic baby you stick in the cake to represent Baby Jesus.

"Um, baby Jesus is naked...  He has no nipples!"


I searched around for some ideas for how to explain Lent to a 2 year old.  In this post by Karen Edmisten, she shares an idea for a Lenten caterpillar.  So, we made an egg carton creature today as well. This little guy will be wrapped up in brown paper as his "cocoon" on Palm Sunday, and we'll make a butterfly on Easter Monday to represent new life and transformation.  Dom was mostly impressed with the googley eyes. 

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