I didn’t even know what Shrove Tuesday was until we joined a church seven years ago that acknowledges the day with a pancake supper. Now I can’t imagine missing it! The church uses Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a. Mardi Gras) as a wonderful tool for teaching children (and adults!) about Lent and how we prepare to experience the resurrection of Christ at Easter. Being far away from the annual supper and “pancake fling” (such fun!), we decided to have our own Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in our new home.
The following link does a nice job explaining Shrove Tuesday: http://www.faithclipart.com/guide/Christian-Holidays/origins_of_shrove_tuesday.html. In our version of the celebration, we enjoyed pancakes, sausage, little doughnuts, strawberries, and iced tea. We played with Mardi Gras beads. We talked about the different ways that people acknowledge Lent, and we decided as a family to continue our Lenten tree tradition and add some acts of charity this year. I find Lent to be a particularly exciting time for teaching children about our faith. It’s bursting with potential lessons!