I have got three "Happy New Year" days every year;
January 1st - New Year's Resolution Day
Beginning of September - the New School Year
First Sunday in Advent - beginning of the Church Year.
The first two New Year Days involve action - making resolutions, planning lessons, arranging schedules, making lists, blah blah blah.
Advent, however, is a time of finding space for waiting, watching, listening, somewhere in the midst of the manic logistical nightmare that is December.
I have lit the Advent Candle, and plan to do a bit of Real Advent Activity - that is, Doing nothing that is busy, just Being who I am, until today's portion of wax is consumed.
There will be plenty of time later in the day to go back to all those lists and laundry piles and other preparations waiting to be done.