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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- It's time to stop and smell the roses because for all of the doom and gloom that shrouded 2012, it turned out to be a pretty good year after all, Jim Cramer told "Mad Money" viewers Wednesday. Cramer said that while the naysayers have already turned their sights on the next battle in Washington -- the debt ceiling -- normal investors should take a moment to pause and reflect on all that actually went right in 2012. Just last week we were facing the possibility of higher taxes for all, fewer incentives for investing and an almost guaranteed recession. But today, all of those things are in our rear-view mirror, Cramer said. While no one is happy with the deal we ultimately got, it brings a certainty to the market that it desperately needed. There were a lot of things that went right in 2012, Cramer reminded viewers. He said the housing stocks came back to life as did the financials, two key sectors for the American economy. Technology was also able to end the year on a high note. As today's acquisition of Zipcar ( ZIP) proved, mergers and acquisitions also remain alive and well, all great things for 2013. Cramer said there are always plenty of opportunities out there, which is why he's always taken heed of the skeptics but ignored the cynics. He said only those investors who can see through the Washington smokescreen will be able to see 2013's diamonds in the rough as they begin to appear.