The new year is here and we all are looking forward to the fresh start that a new year brings with it. That is especially true for us here in Buffalo and Western New York.

2022 was a very rough year for many people in the Buffalo area.

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Not only did we experience a racist-fueled mass shooting that took the lives of 10 innocent Buffalonians, we've massive snowstorms that broke several weather records and took some lives with it as well.

Just those three things alone would make anyone wish the year would end so we can start anew again.

I am not one to make a bunch of new years resolutions that will end up falling by the wayside as soon as we get back into the swing of our old routines. But, there are several things that we can do now that can help make '23 better than '22.

As much as I like to act like I know everything, I really don't. So I went to Facebook and asked my network what tips they may have to start the new year off right.

Why Do We Celebrate The New Year on January 1st?

I've always wondered why we call January 1st the first day of the year.

It doesn't have any particular global significance on its own. It's not an equinox vs solstice, there are no significant historical events that happened on the day to lock it into tradition. Also, many other religions and areas celebrate their new year on different days.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, New Years Day didn't always happen on January 1st. In past years it was March 25th, December 25th, and several other days.

Thanks to Julius Caesar, January 1st was officially established as the first day of the calendar year, in honor of the Roman god Janus, when Caesar introduced his Julian calendar in year 46.

So before you start screaming far and wide that it's a new me in 2023, check out these tips and hopefully they can help you out in the new year!

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