Why not? The Church does. We decorate our houses for everything from quasi-religious holidays to seasons in our culture. I say: why not make Lent a time where even your house slows down and fasts from culture?
When Ash Wednesday hits, my house is doused in purple. I am reminded of the season – the Church season – everywhere I look.
I take down some of my everyday “pretty” decorations and replace them with signs to remind me of Jesus’s 40 days in the desert.
My Lenten House
The candy dishes (sniff, sniff) are filled with sand:
The Valentine’s Day wreath comes off the door. This is my message to the world about keeping it simple during Lent:
(I got this scrap of fabric at Goodwill for under $1.)
This is my table centerpiece:
It will remind me to try to keep the clutter level lower and clear the table of “stuff” before we start dinner. (The purple is a piece of a turtleneck that I got an accidental bleached-out spot on, and the tan is from some old khakis — same problem…and I don’t even use bleach! That’s why this blog isn’t “Laundry Stewardship”…)
Our crucifixes get the treatment:
And the major show-off-decorations surface in my living room:
Nothing fancy, no hems…just plain fabric on super sale…
Culture vs. Church
I give in to culture and decorate for Christmas during Advent, although I’m careful to make my table centerpiece the Advent Wreath – only – until Christmas Eve. But for Lent, I’m sticking with the Church calendar. Not a single jelly bean or bunny-shaped curio appears in our house until Jesus has risen from the tomb!
Now, should you decorate for Lent? I don’t think you have to. It’s just one way I participate in the season.