In addition to animal products, alcohol, olive oil, and sexual relations, does anyone else give up other things to concentrate more fully on the fasting season?
I don't usually watch televsion, perhaps an hour or two a week when I'm at a friend's house, so it really isn't something I would give up - I don't watch it enough that it would make a difference.
On the other hand I am a film buff, so not seeing movies in the theatre or renting dvds does make quite a difference!
The other major thing I'm giving up for Lent this year is pipesmoking. I have smoked a pipe since I was seventeen, and enjoy it very much, but it seemed like something that might get in the way of my lenten discipline. I plan on buying a nice pipe (probably this one
) and a couple of new tins of tobacco from europe with which to celebrate Pascha.
Are any of you giving up something beyond the norm?