I have a friend who decided this year that she wasn't going to give something up for Lent, but instead she was going to add something. She is sending out a personal note - hand written - every day, telling someone in her life something she appreciates about them. I received one of these notes, and it was very meaningful and special.
When I give something up for Lent, it tends to be a personal thing. My family may notice as we often give up the same thing, but otherwise, it is just for me. But giving rather than denying is a whole new way of looking at Lent for me. Personally, I think it is a great way to live out Christ's compassion for us, offered through his death and resurrection.
So, what do you think about alternative celebrations of Lent - not giving something up, but maybe adding something or reaching out in an intentional way?