New Year’s has always been my least favourite holiday, mostly because of the contrived, over-priced parties that result, and the fact that the change from one calendar year to the next seems, well, insignificant. How about celebrating the end of the fiscal year instead? I picture a group of well-dressed accountants throwing their year-end reports in the air as they sip brandy. At least the end of the fiscal year has some import, whereas I can’t say the same for the switch from December to January.

Once the confetti has been thrown and strangers have been kissed, people often turn to two things: reflecting on the previous year, and making resolution lists. For some art-related musings on 2004, I’m pleased to direct you to Sally McKay’s annual Top Tens, where Sally’s readers, (myself included), submit their 2004 art highlights.

As for resolutions for 2005, I’d like to share with you the statistical trends of New Year’s resolutions, as compiled by Here is a pretty pie chart of the top categories of this year’s resolutions, as recorded my’s users.

Reading some of the resolutions on the website is an interesting window into how banal, tragic, or funny some of our preoccupations can be: “To do a back walkover”, “To eat lunch”, “To be faithful”, “To stop spending money on motivational tapes”, “To organize my closet”, “To replace the dead cypress trees”, etc.

As we can see, the “Health and Fitness” category tops the charts, and a little further reading reveals that the top resolution in that category is “Lose ten pounds”. Career-related resolutions took a 5% tumble this year, resulting in a second place standing. Sadly, it seems that “Family and Relationships” gained no percentage points this year, leaving it in sixth place as a category. A little reading between the lines of the resolutions posted here provides a rather unflattering portrait, where losing ten pounds takes priority over working on relationships, and organizing the closet is a more popular notion than spending time with family. Here’s hoping that your personal resolution list, whatever it is, includes a few thoughts of others amid the typical personal goals.