Of course we should both remember ducklings and green shoots. There will be Morris dancers and other goofy expressions of folksy joy.
I normally combat January by eating a continuous stream of chocolate biscuits, however I just ran out of biscuits.
So now I'm going to try 'looking on the bright side', a seasonal disaffection technique I read about in an eye-blisteringly bad in-flight magazine.
Brightness item one: Airplane barf bags! Did you know they double as colouring books? They do! Kids love 'em, which means corresponding grown-ups are spared from airborne mental breakdown.
Give the kids some barf bags and pens and presto: they magically cease their campaign of abuse against business travelers worldwide.
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Of course if Grandma loses composure and barfs mid-gloat, she will now be prepared.
On the topic of barfing and air travel, there is a man at the passport control queue of Heathrow airport who should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
I don't know his real name, so I'll call him Super Heathrow Man. He is seven feet tall and probably a mutant.
Faced with a passport queue the length of Brazil last week, Ali reacted like a screaming cat held over a bathtub of lava. I shared her feeling, but managed to reign in my screaming.
Fellow travellers watched us with growing trepidation. The chickens were restless. A ticker-tape of 'I blame the parents' and 'kids these days' flickered across their eyeballs. Suddenly we found them closing in on us like a net.
In dashed Super Heathrow Man, parting the queue like Moses. He quashed a wimpy chorus of 'queue juuuuuumping!' with one swipe of his mighty hand. He scooped up our tired cat-lava family and spirited us away to the 'priority queue'.
Did you know such a thing exists at Heathrow? A passport 'priority queue' for banshee travelers? It does! Hallelujah!
How did Super Heathrow Man explain his kindness and bravery? With classic English modesty: "I hate the sound of screaming kids."
So next time you are in Heathrow, I suggest you morph into a hysterical lava-threatened cat and request to be carried off in the arms of Super Heathrow Man. If you are not sectioned, you will save yourself loads of time and bother.
And good luck with January. Remember green shoots and Morris dancers. Something to look forward to...if that's your thing.