Among traditions I've heard for welcoming the New Year, this is my favorite: write a haiku. Of course, there's the additional guidance to make it a "positive" haiku. But just entering the state that results in a haiku is positive in itself, and any other effort seems like twisting language to get results.
I know, what's so wrong with that? it's this 70s ethic of "letting it be" and when it's applied to writing, means free one of those hemispheres, let the words breathe and accept the results.
Fallen stars -
Here's my first New Year Haiku for 2005. I plan to rain more.
the yellow maple leaves
on wet tiles.