The government has outlined an ambitious plan to cancel the first four months of 2011 as part of its economic strategy.
Instead of starting on 1 January, Britain will go straight from 31 December 2010 to 1 May 2011.
Revealing the plan at Downing Street press conference, Chancellor George Osborne said: 'The first four months of the year are always a real drag on the economy.
'Nobody's going shopping, the weather's too miserable for tourists and everyone just sits in watching DVDs they've got a Christmas - so let's just not bother.
'Also, it's my wife's birthday in March and I never know what to get her.'
Mr Osborne said the country could save millions by skipping straight to the busier time of year.
'By the time summer roles around, we'll see a massive increase in spending - alcohol, barbecues and sun cream,' he added.
'Plus, half of Spain's student population will begin arriving for their annual summer of crowding public transport, drinking loudly in bars and buying rucksack badges with the flags on England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland on them.
'It's bloody annoying but pumps millions into the economy.'