I'd wish you a "happy" new year, but that would presuppose you want it to be happy - far be it for me to intrude on anyone's self-indulging psycho-depressive trip.
And what if the new year isn't, through no fault of your own, happy after all? Stuff happens y'know, and I'd certainly hate to put a happiness vibe out there if it can't be realized.
Wishing someone a happy new year might also put undue pressure on them to perform, and that's not very fair, is it? I mean, what if they get all crazy because they feel obligated to achieve happiness and they get this happiness block and the more they concentrate on it, the less happy they are. That would be cruel.
All this occurred to me after I realized I'd been stumbling along the face of the Earth, merrily wishing people Merry Christmases, and they're throwing Happy Holidays back at me with those sort of "he's too clueless and retro to even know this is a condescending look on my face - poor ignorant bastard" looks on their faces.
Nope, no more happy new years, but at least we can say it so that it sort of sounds like it use to: Havvay New Year!
Hokey smokes! How intolerant of me. I'm just bashing along in my own little world thinking how convenient it is to have a calendar used by everybody and BOOSHTA! You might not even start your years on January first!
OK, last try: Have a Year!
Ooooh - what if somebody dies and doesn't get a whole year...
[I hope the PC crowd gets trampled by a stampede of Mad Cows. Any time now, I'm sort of patient...]