Laters, Lent! 5 Things You Should Bring Back for Easter

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Ah, Lent! The time of year you see people cry over bars of chocolate in the supermarket, wailing about how much they want a Wispa, caressing Crunchie packets and attempting to smell a Snickers through the plastic (OK, maybe not, but this is probably happening inside their heads as they resolutely walk past the chocolate aisle).

Although Lent is traditionally religious – marking the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, in case you didn’t already know – plenty of non-religious people have since adopted the tradition of giving up their favourite food, drink or pastime until Easter rolls around. Whether that’s penance for dropping their New Year’s resolutions on 2nd January, compensation for the sneaky gin and tonics they drank through Dry January or they’re just gluttons for punishment, nobody really knows. What we do know, though, is that the best part of Lent is the end of Lent. And when will this glorious day arrive, you ask? Today. It ends TODAY.

To celebrate this momentous occasion in the 2016 calendar, here’s a few ideas to enjoy the end of Lent in style!

If you gave up… Chocolate

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Pretty much everyone in their lives must have tried to give up chocolate for Lent at some point. Though I am willing to bet that 90% of those poor souls didn’t last a week, given that Easter eggs hit the shelves in February, some are likely to have soldiered through – the Heroes we deserve, but not the ones we need right now. If you’re one of those admirable people that lasted a whole 40 days and nights without the sweet taste of the cocoa bean, we suggest you dive right back in with a chocolate tour of London, Edinburgh or Oxford. Who doesn’t want to learn a little more about the history of chocolate? It’ll be super informative and interesting, and… oh, alright then. You get to eat samples. Lots of them. That’s all you need to know.

If you gave up… Social media

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Are you reading this on your phone? At the table? With your boyfriend? Stop. Put your phone away. In all seriousness, social media addiction is now a legitimate thing, and you can officially consider yourself an addict if you still take pictures of your Nando’s order (there’s only so many camera angles a half chicken can take), use hashtags in real conversation (“Did you see Kim’s naked selfie? Hashtag fail”) and/or take Snapchat selfies on the toilet. If you took the admirable step of giving up social media for Lent, it’s now extremely important that you open your Mail Online app and read about Anne Hathaway walking down the street yesterday. You’ve missed a lot while you’ve been away!

If you fancy putting your Twitter talents to good use, why not take a social media course to make some money out of your habit? Or just spend all your spare dosh on a new iPad to watch Zoella vids on a 9.7 inch Retina display with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. We won’t judge.

If you gave up… Meat

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You can skip this one if you’re a veggie, vegan, pescatarian, flexitarian or bunny rabbit. If you normally eat meat but gave up bacon double cheeseburgers, sausage sandwiches and KFC chicken buckets for Lent (thank god for Flame Grilled Steak McCoy’s, we say), your stomach is going to be growling for some serious grub right about now. British weather is also hitting some crazy highs of 13°C, so it’s basically BBQ season… if you’re willing to eat your burger with gloves on. If you’d rather not risk the weather, we suggest you grill up some gourmet steak burgers on an indoor BBQ and invite your pals round for a serious meat and greet. Nom.

If you gave up… Coffee

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If you’ve sauntered past Starbucks a few too many times this month, peering at strangers through the window as they sip on their skinny lattes – how dare they live the high life and rub it in your face? – we think you should ease the daily grind by whatever beans necessary. Who needs Starbucks when you can make your own macchiatos at home for free?!  A personal coffee machine is not only super convenient for the commute, it also saves on queuing time and that awkward moment the barista spells your name wrong (it’s Virginia, OK?).

If you gave up… Nothing

Here’s to 40 days’ pretending you gave up alcohol. Well done for putting up with Lent-related moaning from your colleagues, family and friends! Now get some headphones so you can drown them out properly next year. You’re welcome.

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