Gung Hay Fat Choy! Now run out there and grab a piece of this lovely lady's birthday cake. But don't eat it! It's Lent and eating sweets during Lent makes Jesus cry.
So Happy New Birth Ash Day!!
NB: It's tradition on Chinese New Year for married people to give red envelopes with money in them to their single friends and family members.
I'm just saying.
So for Lent this year, I'm giving up my usual. Sodas. Alcohol. Sweets. Sex. Sadly, the only thing I tend to miss during the forty days is the soda. I was tempted to give up TV, but then I realized that a truly merciful God wouldn't want me to give up Buffy reruns and cooking shows.
So any of you good and faithful people of Christ planning to give up some vices for Lent?
UPDATE: Well, I already broke one of my Lenten promises. And before you sickos ask if I rubbed one off in the men's room, it wasn't that. I had a donut.
This is still better than the Lent where I had given up soft drinks, but drank my morning Dr. Pepper without realizing that it was Ash Wednesday, not Mardi Gras.
Anyway, keeping three out of four Lenten promises is still pretty good.