ChanteSez … Merry New Year!

Ever seen Coming To America? “Merry New Year!” is one of my favorite lines from that Eddie Murphy classic.

I wish you and yours a happy Christmas and a merry New Year!

Here’s when to capitalize it.

If you’re referring to the holiday, capitalize all instances of New Year:

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?

Prince Akeem’s neighbors were less than pleased when he was shouting, “Merry New Year!” from his New York apartment balcony.

But if it’s a matter of fact — more in reference to the date of Jan. 1 and beyond — no capitalization is needed:

I plan to stick to my resolutions in the new year.

The start of the new year always feels like a do-over on life.

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