For some reason, this Chinese New Year has a better atmosphere than previous years. Perhaps it all comes down to mindset. I'm sure that you've had the feeling of "It's Christmas already?" or "I can't believe it's Chinese New Year again."
When I feel this way, I've found that my mind is usually pre-occupied with concerns and thoughts. Thus, the inability to enjoy the festivities is understandable.
So, extrapolating from that information, perhaps I'm just in a better state of mind this year.
It feels like a cloud has been lifted and things are becoming cheery again this year. I can't say the same for the weather.
This year, it seems that things are moving all around. When waves move, we either catch and ride them or hesitate and miss them.
I plan to catch them and ride them forward.
Here's to a great year ahead!