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Here’s How People Are Reacting To Starting Lent On Valentine’s Day And Figuring Out What To Give Up

Lent and Valentine’s Day are always close to each other but it has been more than 70 years since they have been on the same day. The coming together of these two dates has really rocked a few people to their core. Lent is a religious holiday that lasts 40 days and is marked with fasting and sacrificing pleasures and indulgences leading up to Easter. It has led to more than a few people reconsidering the things they are giving up for Lent because chocolate reigns supreme on this day. Here are a collection of tweets talking about the confusion and sadness people are experiencing as Valentine’s Day and Lent converge.

Valentine’s Day is about to get really sad for some people as many give up love for Lent.

Bruh. That’s savage. At least you have a plan for this joining of the two holidays.

Like, people everywhere are getting ready for their loved ones to just drop them.

Seems like these men think they are awfully funny all of a sudden.

One user is being unapologetic about her plan to live her best single life possible this year.

Alright, now.

But, wait. What about all the sweets Catholics said they were going to give up?

Chocolate and candies are everything on Valentine’s Day. How many times have you given up chocolate or candy for Valentine’s Day?

Some have started making deals with themselves.

Not a bad plan. As the saying goes, “It is better to ask for forgiveness than permission.”

But, mainly, people are just mourning the loss of candy to Lent.

It’s really going to be the ultimate test. But, you don’t have to give up sweets. You could give up other things you love as much as candy.

Especially super sale candies the day after Valentine’s Day.

Like, that’s the best day to buy your candy. It all has to go and stores are basically giving it away on that day.

Regular Valentine’s Day plans are being canceled.

It is a tragic day when you have to get rid of the special meal you share with your SO every year.

To be fair, some people are totally fine with giving things up on Valentine’s Day.

Well put.

And they are letting the world know that it really isn’t that big of a deal.

Very true.

But so many more people are feeling a little bit like this.

Let us know…


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People Are Hoping That Covid Will Give Them Up For Lent This Year

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People Are Hoping That Covid Will Give Them Up For Lent This Year

Covid has changed everything we know about the world for more than a year. As Lent approaches and people make plans to sacrifice to get closer to God, some are hoping Covid does the work instead. We have all given up so much this past year, what more can people sacrifice?

Lent is upon us, which means it is time to make that sacrifice.

Lent is a time when Catholics give something up for 40 days to get close to God. Lent is a six-week period leading up to Easter that is observed by Christians around the world, especially within the Catholic church. The run-up to Easter is a solemn religious practice that is in preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Those who practice a more traditional or orthodox Lent give up meat, fish, eggs, and fats from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. A lot of believers choose instead to give up one item of personal importance to show their devotion to their religion.

The tradition has been around for centuries and believers have been practicing Lent diligently. The sacrifices have evolved over the centuries to include give up social media, going to the gym, or watching TV to further devote their time to their religion.

This year, people are hoping that Covid will give them up for Lent.

How nice would it be if Covid just gave up the fight? After months of isolation, social distancing, and giving up so much, it would be nice if Covid did the work for Lent. It is not a hard argument to make that the past year of sacrificing could make up for Lent.

People are not willing to give up something they love after giving up so much.

People around the world have had to make major sacrifices for the betterment of mankind. Covid has forced people to give up seeing their family, friends, and attending major milestone events. So, with Lent upon us, people on Twitter are bargaining with their religion to justify living in quarantine during Lent.

People are really digging their heels in on not giving up anything for Lent.

There are so few things that bring people joy right now. Eating chocolate, drinking wine, or enjoying a little extra television might be the only things getting people through the pandemic right now. Some people are trying to find any other way to participate in Lent to make sure that they stick to their religion while staying happy.

For some people, there is just nothing left to give up for Lent.

It is a hard choice to make. Some schools are not giving students a Spring Break because of Covid and millions remain in some sort of restriction. It is still possible to participate in Lent without giving anything up. Like so many other religious things, you can partake in a different way to satisfy your religious needs.

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Here are Some Fun and Creative Date Ideas for a Quarantine Valentine’s Day At-Home

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Here are Some Fun and Creative Date Ideas for a Quarantine Valentine’s Day At-Home

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To say 2021 won’t be your typical Valentine’s Day would be an understatement. Almost a year after COVID-19 shutdown pretty much every romantic destination outside of the house, couples everywhere are now being forced to come up with creative ideas to celebrate their love for one another at home.

But just because we’re stuck inside, doesn’t mean this year’s V-Day won’t be special. Sure, the old Netflix-and-chill recipe might be a little tired at this point of quarantine (nine months and counting…), but there are a million other fun dates to take part in at home. Take a peak below at our list of fun and creative at-home date ideas for Quaran-tine’s Day (see what we did there?)

1. Game Night

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Make Valentine’s Day an opportunity to bring out you and your partner’s fun side. Break out some tried-and-true games that work for two people like Twister, Jenga, Code Names or Guess Who. But if you want to keep the good vibes going, avoid ultra-competitive games like Risk or–god forbid–Monopoly

2. Wine & Paint Date

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Going to your city’s local Paint & Sip studio might not be an option this year, but you can always bring the studio into your own home. Prepare for your at-home wine and paint night by heading to a nearby craft’s store to stock up on canvas, paint, and paint brushes. Then, hit up a wine & spirits shop to pick out a few high-quality vintages for you and your Valentine.

3. At-Home Spa Night

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If the COVID life is stressing you out, think about unwinding with your amor with a spa night. Prepare a night of candles, mud masks, bubble baths, and of course, massages for you two to enjoy together. Relaxing never felt so sexy.

4. Rom-Com Movie Marathon

Rom Com Marathon Valentines Day
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Sure, not everyone is into rom-coms (apparently some people think they’re cheesy?), but if you and your lover are both fans of the feel-good genre, create a list of your favorite movies to watch together. Don’t forget the popcorn and the milk duds.

5. Bake-at-home Date

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What’s sweeter than sugar? Literally nothing. Bond with your novio/a by making a delicious creation together. If you two are both novice pastry chefs, try out some simple cookie or cupcake recipes. If you both are up for a challenge, think about making traditional Latin pasteles like alfajores, milhojas, or pastafrola.

6. Fondue Fun

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If you and your amor are both the type of people who like their dates to revolve around food (and look, we can relate), consider having a fondue night. With fondue, the possibilities are endless. You can go the savory route, dipping veggies, meats, and bread in queso or hot oil. You can also end your meal with a dessert fondue of chocolate y fruta.

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