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Patch Poll: What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

Lent is the time for sacrifice.

Newt Gingrich is giving up dessert. Rick Santorum is foregoing Italian food. Mitt Romney is not giving up anything. He is a Mormon, and Mormons don’t observe Lent.

Lent, most commonly observed by Catholics, Anglicans, Episcopalians and Lutherans, is a time to fast, pray, give alms and seek repentance. And, it is a time to sacrifice—to give up a favorite habit, food or activity.

Are you giving up anything for Lent? Take our poll, and let us know in comments.

What is the Pope giving up? He hasn’t said but he is tweeting, giving Lenten lessons in 140 characters at @Pope2YouVatican.

Abraham Lincoln won with 40 percent of the vote for the most popular U.S. president. George Washington was chosen by 24 percent of poll respondents. Other presidents came in with 34 percent. Patch readers’ favorites include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Andrew Johnson February 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I've given up doing the daily Sudoku, but my attempts to get in a walk every lunchtime have so far failed fairly miserably.
Stan Walker February 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM
You mention Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt (not Milt) Romney, but say nothing about Barack Obama.
Jim Pokin February 28, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Thanks, Stan. Fixed the typo in Gov. Romney's name.
Kathy Catrambone February 28, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Stan, Patch could not find a news reference to Pres. Obama giving up anything for Lent. Here is a statement he issued on Feb. 22: "Today, Michelle and I honor Ash Wednesday with Christians around the country and across the world. This is at once a solemn and joyous occasion, an opportunity to remember both the depths of sacrifice and the height of redemption. We join millions in entering the Lenten Season with truly thankful hearts, mindful of our faith and our obligations to one another."
Susan Smentek February 29, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Not giving up but giving to others. Elmhurst Presbyterian Church is handing out "Grace Cups", a place to stash the money that you would spend on indulging yourself with something not readily available to the majority of the world's people. Such as fancy coffee drinks. My options are to a. not buy the drink and put the money in the cup or b. buy the drink and put an equal amount of money into the cup. At Easter, the money will be collected and donated to an organization that works to provide clean drinking water to people in places that need it.

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