While phoning my aunt on New Year's Day to exchang greetings, I was surprised to find out that my mother (JW) had called her a few hours earlier and as first greeting had said "Happy New Year" to her. I think I wasn't as surprised as my aunt though, who lost her sister to this cult about 40 years ago.
Why is it that a JW can't say Happy New Year?
Growing up, one of the few times I saw my family on my dad's side (the non-JW side) was when we had a big family reunion on New Year's Day. I wasn't crazy about my cousins but it was special to be around family and just having fun...then my Mom had that stopped because she felt it was another way of celebrating a holiday. :-|
Thank god I am out of that BS.