When are we finally going to face the truth that we’ve all known since we were kids: no one cares about January 1. Really. It’s just an excuse to extend the holiday parties for another week, eat too much, stay up late, and wake up the next morning wondering why you did that yet again.
We all know the truth: the real New Year begins with the new school year. That’s a date that matters. Moving from December 31 to January 1 affects nothing other than remembering to change the last couple of numbers whenever you write the date. Starting a new school year, though, that’s big.
(This is obviously true for students, teachers, and parents. But I’ve noticed that it’s even true for many people who don’t fall into any of those categories. I think it has to do with the formative impact of living with the school calendar through all your growing up years. Even after school, you still think Fall marks something truly new in a way that January never could.)
So I think it’s time that we just recognized the reality. It’s unlikely that we’ll get the government to change the calendars any time soon, though that would solve the problem of those awful hyphenated school years (the 2013-2014 school year…ugh). But we can still celebrate in our own way by realizing that now is the perfect time to make New Year’s resolutions that matter.