I know we're ten days from the ball dropping in Times Square. Today is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This means that today will have the sun visible for the least number of hours this year.
Since calendars are arbitrary, we might as well declare the winter solstice to be the start of the year. My Mother's family has be celebrating the winter solstice for a few years. There are different observances in different cultures. You can find on list on www.timeanddate.com and another on www.religioustolerance.org.
So, at 6:38 (Eastern Time) countdown to a new year.