In 1969 the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, formerly celebrated on October 11, was transferred to January 1, replacing the feast of the Circumcision.
This is a good time to think about Mary's life as Jesus' mother, and as my mother. No matter where I am in my life, it's a good way to start a new year, knowing that my mother is always there for me.
In the Jewish tradition, the ritual circumcision and naming of a male child took place eight days after birth. Thus, it was natural that the church, eight days after Christmas, celebrated the feast of the Circumcision of the Lord. By coincidence, the feast fell on New Year's Day every year.