What's Lent all about anyway?

Try reading this blog post (or parts of it) at the dinner table, so the whole family can hear it! The "official" definition of Lent found on Wikipedia is: the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. OK. But what does that mean to kids? Lent is a time to stare outside at the beautiful, stark landscape of late winter, early spring and THINK. No matter what kind of animal you are… walrus, worm, cow or cat, child or child-at-heart...i