"Happy new year" said I almost every day last week as I re-acquainted myself with the world of work after the festive period.
But is it going to be a happy new year for the High Street, as it struggles to overcome one of the bleakest consumer bearpits in years?
This week, 18 of the UK's biggest store groups, including Marks & Spencer, J Sainsbury and Argos owner GUS, will release trading updates.
On the one hand, the much-feared retail apocalypse predicted by many looks to have been averted, with more store groups carrying less stock and having more realistic expectations.
The British Retail Consortium is expected to report increased sales of 1.7 per cent, but there will still be losers on Super Thursday when nine firms report.
Meanwhile, there is a growing feeling that far too much importance is placed on Christmas trading figures, with some saying they tell us very little about long-term trends and prospects.
Part of the problem is that they deal with sales figures, rather than profits, meaning that retailers can reveal the volume of goods they sold.
But they don't tend to reveal what prices they sold them at - thereby hiding what profit was achieved.
Also, the timeframe from store group to store group differs, making it impossible to glean any meaningful comparisons.
The comparisons are also damaged when compared with the strong performance in recent years.
Kevin Hawkins, director general of the BRC, said: "Everyone focuses on the updates, but retailers never say what the final profit is going to be.
"What are you looking for: total sales, like-for-like sales or profit? It's crackers the way they're looked at."
Analysts agree that things are going to be tough, with not just a general downturn in consumer spending but also increased competition from supermarkets and the internet.
Prices will continue to fall in the competition frenzy, but it is not just the high street which suffers when retail
sales go down. Hauliers and other firms which supply the shops could be trailing in its wake.
Among the winners are likely to be Marks & Spencer, while HMV is expected to find the going tough.
Analysts are split on whether HMV will make any profits in the first half of its financial year, with Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) expecting the group to only break even and rival broker Deutsche Bank forecasting pre-tax profits of £2.1 million.
Both estimates compare with £10.5 million a year ago.
Computer games specialist Game indicated then that its annual profits would be in the range of £3 million to £13 million, compared with its haul of £31.9 million during the previous year, contributing to shares falling to a ten-month low a fortnight later.
Investors will be jumpy about the latest trading update on Tuesday and whether Game has lost out to rival retailers which are not computer games specialists but offer cheap deals on soft-ware to attract shoppers.
Happy new year indeed.