For me, the holiday marks rebirth in every sense of the word, so much so that I have recently adopted the celebration as the marker for the beginning of a new year, much the way the Church marks Easter as the alpha and omega of its own liturgical calendar. This has rendered the first of January obsolete for me. So much so that I no longer even use New Year's Eve as an excuse to consume an excessive amount of adult beverages. No, I let the calendar year come and go without much fanfare. In my own personal little world, the new year begins a few months later.