One thing that went out with the old year was the 2013 calendar. That is, if you had a calendar. So many of us these days have calendars on our cell-phones. Beyond that, our clock radios, TV screens and computers all tell us the date. At our house, even the thermostat and water softener know what day it is.
Most of us still have a few paper calendars, though. The days seem more official when we see them printed out.
Over the centuries, mankind has used various methods to track the endless sunrises and sunsets. We have a yearning to know where we stand in the great flow of time. It also helps when two or more of us want to be in the same place at the same time.