I've always had a soft-spot for New Year's Day. First, you get the day off -- well, most of us do, at the very least I don't have to go to the office. Second, when it's on a weekday it's awesome, because now I can watch 'Sunrise Earth' which is the video equivalent of a great bong-hit (or so I imagine I'm too boring to be a regular). Third, it has the one parade that isn't an unbelievable exercise in creepiness. Fourth, there's no obligation to be anywhere else. You can sit this holiday out if you wish, without any familial guilt.
Awesome. And Happy New Year!