Happy New Year --- sort of...
Christmas is upon us. Chanukkah has just ended. They are lovely holidays.
So too are most of the various harvest and fertilty celebrations around the world. (Although I don't much like that one about sacrificing the Vestal Virgins.)
But New Year's Day seems artifcial --- smack in the middle of Winter.
The real beginning of our year comes in early September. People return from their Summer vacations and go to work. Kids go back to school.
Our future begins again. Tomorrow is the next day of the rest of your life.