Instead, learn from the wisdom of the Chinese. Their attitude to Chinese New Year is way more practical than our "Western European" ways.
The Chinese do a thorough clean out prior to New Year, getting rid of things they no longer use or need, to make way for the new things that will come with the new year.
Similarly, Jewish culture dictates a major clearing and cleansing of the cupboards of all raising agent containing food products, in preparation for Passover.
In both cases, it's a case of cleansing and preparing for what is to come and appreciating the best of what you have!
So far I have managed to get the windows in my sunroom sparkling and am working my way towards tackling the wardrobe and build up of "printed materials".
I have almost got my garden looking the best it has done so for some years. I even have scrubbed the "dog mud" marks from the brick steps, that lead the way to my back garden.
Do an emotional spring clean and de-clutter as well. Prioritise time with the people that matter most and stimulate postive energy within your own life. Spend less time with, or even eliminate those who drag you down, or bring negative energy into your relationship. Support should always be a two-way process, not one where one person sucks out your best energy like a leech, by regularly demanding way too much. Don't tolerate drunks. Get yourself out of bullying or abusive relationships and think very carefully about continuing on in ones where you do all the giving, or make all the compromises.
Despite what we hear to the contrary on the media, the world is basically a safe place and the majority of its inhabitants are good, rather than evil.
Plan for 2015 to be a year of bounty and harvest.
Indulge yourself to a few luxuries regularly.
"Life is for living" as my favourite pop band Sherbet, sang in my teen years and as the old addage says, "you only live once"!
Open a special purpose savings account and save for that special trip you have always dreamed about.
And "dare to dream". Dreams seem to be way easier to pull off, than successfully maintaining a New Year's resolution.
Perhaps there are two New Year's resolutions worth making afterall. Allow yourself to dream and set about achieving your dreams, from this day forward, for the rest of your life!
Meanwhile, I have an email inbox to clear.......ugh!