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26 November, 2004
'This Christmas be radical and buy nothing'
Suzanne Elvidge presents surefish’s very own Advent Calendar.
21 November 2004
Stir-Up Sunday — we’ve missed this, but it’s not too late to make your Christmas puddings
28 November 2004
First Sunday in Advent — have you made your Advent wreath?
First window on your Advent calendar — just time to rush to the Co-op and buy a Divine fair-trade chocolate one
Time to think about posting cards and parcels — the Royal Mail website has all the dates
Arrange a Christingle service and support the Children’s Society
Are you travelling over Christmas? Why not go by train and avoid the traffic — check timetables and ticket availability online
Second Sunday of Advent
Feast of Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c.342
The beginning of Hanukkah
Starting to think about stocking fillers — what about a pound coin key ring? No more fiddling about at shopping trolley parks
Come to the end of the tether with tinsel? Why not get away
This Christmas be radical and buy nothing
But… if you are going to buy something, make it count
Third Sunday of Advent
Got a spare moment, a computer and a printer? Make a Christmas card for someone special
Last day to post parcels in the UK tomorrow. For those last minute gifts, look at Oxfam’s 2004 range — the website has a shop finder
Probably time to plan the Christmas dinner — how to cook the turkey
…how not to cook the turkey
…and what to feed those pesky non-meat eaters like me
Finding the nights long? As we move towards the longest night Dec 21 cope with all the darkness by reading about Seasonal Affective Disorder and but a daylight lamp to cheer yourself up
Fourth Sunday of Advent - when I was a kid, this is traditionally when we opened our box of Christmas biscuits
Tomorrow is the last day for posting first class Christmas cards in the UK. Not written them? Send a surefish/Christian Aid e-card
Feast of St Thomas, Apostle - today is his former feast day - it’s now celebrated on 3 July
Practice those carols ready for Christmas day
It’s nearly here. While you are planning quite how the large turkey will go into the small oven, and how to arrange the seating plan so Auntie Betsy is nowhere near Auntie Connie, look at how Christmas works
Christmas Eve — start tracking Santa online
Christmas Day — the birth of Jesus
Boxing Day — so what’s that all about?
Twelfth Night — the eve of the final day of Christmas
Twelfth Day — time to take the decorations down. Did your true love give you everything you expected?