The Romans gave us Venus and Cupid. The Egyptians had Bast, the cat goddess. The Greeks - Aphrodite and Eros. The Moroccans had Qandisa, who made men go insane.
Not that I really need an excuse, but February used to be known as Cake Month in Anglo-Saxon times and to honour that, I eat cake. Quite a lot of it actually.
Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Isaac Newton and Walter Raleigh would not have wished anyone a happy New Year on this date. I don't know whether they were curmudgeons or not, but the reason they would not have made the standard jokes about New Year resolutions is quite simple. The first day of January was not the 'new year'.