IX Dra has been interesting for a newcomer like myself. It changes every five days or so and puts in a bright superoutburst fairly regularly. Following IX Dra might be a good New Years resolution.
I am going to follow ( from my desk as I do not have my own telescope) other UGER stars that are high in the morning sky: ER Uma, RZ Lmi, and DI Uma and are starting their observing season. These are also evolving fast enough to be rewarding. Gary Poyner recommended RZ Lmi as it is a good winter target and it has a superoutburst every ~20 days so there really is something happening every few days.