January feeling
n. An emotional state characterized by feelings of optimism and possibility, particularly at the start of a new year.
Behind the seductive lure of “New Year, New You” lies another kind of mistake, too: the idea that what we require, in order finally to change, is one last push of willpower. (Presumably, the hope is that the “January feeling” of fresh starts and clean slates will provide it.)
—Oliver Burkeman, “New year, new you? Forget it,” The Guardian, January 01, 2016
I love that January feeling — after the tree is taken down and the needles are vacuumed up and everything is put back in its place. It's all so spartan and tidy, at least for five minutes or so.

January is a palate cleanser.
—Molly Guthrey, “Daily Juggle: This year, I'm finding joy within the clutter,” Pioneer Press (Saint Paul, MN), January 11, 2015
You know that old January feeling: "I'm going to get in shape," "I'm going to be way more awesome at working out and eating healthy!"
—Kayla Rekofke, “Fitness Trial: Bar Method Portland,” The Portland Mercury, February 13, 2014
In mid-December I found myself actively waiting for the new year to start because I love the fresh, clean slate it brings. Then I guess I found myself waiting for our Vegas vacation. I realized in the shower this morning, that I was still awaiting that January feeling.
—Stefani Tadio, “It's Up to Me,” And Another Thing…, January 18, 2010
2009 (earliest)
Is it just me or are you all looking forward to the end of 2009? Something about that fresh new January feeling — all things seem possible!
—Patrice Karst, “Is it…,” Twitter, December 30, 2009
Anyone who wants to lose "that January feeling" and substitute for that exhiliration and reinforced vitality, I recommend to go to the Exhibition of Canadian Art, open at present at the City Art Gallery.
—“Remarkable Exhibition of Canadian Productions,” Yorkshire Herald, January 22, 1926
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