We begin the New Year with the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. This is explained by saying that Mary is the Mother of Jesus; Jesus is God. Therefore, Mary is the mother of God.
Mary must have been startled when the shepherds showed up and wanted to see the newborn infant. They told her how the angels came to announce the birth of the Jesus. Mary kept all that they said in her heart.
Today, we begin a new year under the patronage of Mary. She is the mother of God, but also our mother and she watches over us. Let us take time to be with her and with her Son, Jesus, today.