WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — With Lent beginning Wednesday, many Christians are thinking of what they want to give up until Easter.

Sweets such as chocolate, candy and coffee often are popular picks. In more recent years, cutting back on use of laptops and smartphones also has picked up.

But the Rev. Deborah Meister of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Northwest D.C. suggests people give up something they rely on every day as opposed to something they crave. Missing it — and the 40-day temptation it provides — will make people think of what they really need, she said.

Meister also recommends taking something up, such as letter-writing or a vow to make up with old friends.

There’s also the option of giving back to those who are less fortunate.

“One of the original purposes of this discipline was to free up money that you would have spent on what you gave up, and give it to the poor to feed people and shelter people,” Meister said.

WNEW’s Kimberly Suiters contributed to this report. Follow her on Twitter.

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