May I modestly propose that we reassign the start of the year to April 1?
The advantages to merging the holidays are twofold: Those who enter their New Year’s resolutions without the right stamina to see it through until year’s end will have a built-in excuse (“You thought I was going to run a marathon? I said that on April Fool’s Day!”), and those who want to make substantial, life-altering changes could start without facing a barrage of discouraging questions.
Besides, after 365 days like 2017, who couldn’t use a good laugh to start the new year?
Brian Gongol, West Des Moines, Iowa