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All through Advent you’ll receive an e-mail link to a brand new Magnificat 7 page of fun, facts, truth and trivia. You’ll find serious and not so serious advice and ideas to make your Christmas a little bit more… well, a little bit more like Christmas. And we hope you’ll join in and share your own Christmas tales and tips, bizarre and brilliant.
Today’s Magnificat 7 gives you 7 magnificent real and ridiculous ways to end your Christmas time management worries.
1. Celebrate the Feast of Stephen. That’s Boxing Day - the day presents were traditionally given. That gets you one extra shopping day. Of course that extra day is December 25, and most shops will be closed... for Christmas.
2. Get a dozen extra days and January sale prices! Show solidarity with Christians in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Follow the Orthodox Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas on 6 or even 7 of January.
3. Go one further and postpone Christmas until the autumn. Scholars reckon Jesus was most likely born around then. The midwinter date is a Christian conversion of an older festival to a new purpose and meaning.
4. Exempt yourself from shopping on religious grounds. Of course Christians never shop on Sundays, do they? And every day in Advent is holy day for at least one Saint. So you could become a seasonal shopping conscientious objector.
5. Declare for Cromwell’s 1647 Christmas-free parliament. After the English Civil War, the Puritan run state recognised only Sunday as a day of worship. All other religious festivals were cancelled - including Christmas.
6. Negotiate a Christmas shopping amnesty. You’re probably not the only one with not enough shopping days. Agree on the kind or value of presents you’ll exchange. That still leaves you lots of room for surprises and imagination.
7. Get more shopping time by wasting less of it. Spend less time worrying about what to buy. It’s the thought that counts – not the stress. Give what you, the giver, wants to give. What do you most want the receiver to receive this Christmas?
Over to You
Got your own life changing time management plan?
Bizarre or brilliant, post yours at my life changing time management plan at Eden.co.uk. No prizes, just the warm feeling that you’ve made Christmas a little bit more... like Christmas.
December 31st, 2012 - Posted & Written by G M