In my experience the time between Christmas and the New Year is usually quiet and can offer us time to reflect about the previous year.
The last 12 months has been an incredible time given events like the Tsunami, the London Bombings, the Earthquake in Pakistan, the floods in New Orleans. England won the Ashes against Australia. London won the right to host the Olympic Games in 2012. George Best died.
These are just a few big news stories of the year. World headlines I suppose you would say.
Equally important have been individual events for all of us that make no real impact on the world stage but nevertheless they have massive effects on the individual.
For instance many people will have lost a loved one during 2005. This is perhaps therefore a good time to remember those who have just spent their first Christmas without the person they loved. The New Year celebrations that are about to happen will not have quite the same excitement for such people.
Maybe in the midst of our celebrations we can say a short prayer for those people who will be missing someone they loved.