Burning Questions: When is the right time to stop saying happy New Year?

For how long after the start of January do we have to keep saying happy New Year to people we speak to?

For how long after the start of January do we have to keep saying happy New Year to people we speak to?

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , web manager

WE’RE six days in now but every time I speak to someone on the phone, in person or by email for the first time in 2014 I still feel compelled to wish them a happy New Year.

What I want to know today is when does it become OK to stop being polite and wishing people good fortune for the year ahead?

Is there an official cut-off point, and if so when is it? Now the Christmas decorations have gone, is it alright to stop with the pleasantries?

Tell me in the comments below when you think is the right time to stop wishing people a happy New Year.

This Is Local London: Burning Questions The Burning Questions feature aims to resolve some of the oddities of social etiquette, settle some of life’s perennial arguments and crack some of those tricky questions with readers’ collective knowledge.

If there is an issue you’re always squabbling about with workmates or friends or something that makes you go hmmm, email me with your suggestions for future burning questions to ask. If you get in touch I’ll let you decide whether to wish me a happy New Year!

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8:48am Tue 7 Jan 14

cookster says...

Now would do. Please get the word out.
Now would do. Please get the word out. cookster
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9:24am Tue 7 Jan 14

Frank Brock says...

The official cut-off point was at 13:46 the day before yeaterday
The official cut-off point was at 13:46 the day before yeaterday Frank Brock
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10:01am Wed 8 Jan 14

rescoffering says...

...i always say 'happy new year' to my asian newsagent - and to my buds for the first week of the new year - but we been soo busy repairing roofs, fences, walls, e.t.c. with the recent storms... you just can't be wishing a 'happy new year' to poor folk who need work done... i'm just keeping an eye on the weather!! rofl!! :)
...i always say 'happy new year' to my asian newsagent - and to my buds for the first week of the new year - but we been soo busy repairing roofs, fences, walls, e.t.c. with the recent storms... you just can't be wishing a 'happy new year' to poor folk who need work done... i'm just keeping an eye on the weather!! rofl!! :) rescoffering
  • Score: 1

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