Stated briefly: New Year's is celebrated all over the world, but anywhere from January to October!
Does the arbitrary change of dates actually change anything? No! It's totally symbolic and silly. You're the same awesome (or terrible) person on January 1 that you were on December 1. If you were a winner in December, January isn't going to bring you down. If you were a loser in December, January isn't going to improve anything, either.
I stopped making a big deal out of this nonsense years ago. If only everyone would do the same.
P.S. I've seen advertisements for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on Facebook. How does that work, exactly? Is the ghost if Dick Clark hosting? Is he going to possess Ryan Seacrest? Or is he just going to be the special New Year's correspondent for the afterlife? (Wouldn't that be a kick? "Hey, guys! It turns out that there's no Heaven or Hell! It's just one big party! Whee!") I don't mean to be disrespectful or anything. I don't want people to forget Dick Clark. But you have to admit it's a little weird...like if it were "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, hosted by