It’s been another eventful year for the Dons.
Manager Derek McInnes and his men reached another cup final, qualified for Europe for the third season in a row and took the title race with Celtic to the last few games.
The only real low point was the Betfred Cup final didn’t go to plan, and a poor Aberdeen performance meant the Celts won 3-0 at Hampden.
That was despite the 22,000 Dons fans at the national stadium staging a spectacular flag display prior to the game in an effort to inspire them.
But McInnes, pictured, believes they have plenty of positives to build on as they head into the new year.
They are still well in the hunt to finish second in the league again.
That’s despite the fact Rangers boss Mark Warburton was able to spend millions more than McInnes ever could to ensure they finish best of the rest.
Aberdeen will also be making a second bid to get back to Hampden in the Scottish Cup.
Their campaign starts with a home fourth round tie against Stranraer on January 21.
“The cup final didn’t go as we hoped but at least we got there,” said McInnes.
“There are a lot of clubs who would have loved to have been at Hampden instead of us.
“Celtic were the better side on the day, but we will learn from that.
“The aim is to get back to another final as quickly as we can, hopefully this season.”
McInnes feels the Dons were given scant credit for at least making Celtic sweat before they clinched the Premiership title last term.
Even more so because the Dons suffered a massive double blow in January. Keeper Danny Ward, who had joined them on loan from Liverpool, was recalled to Anfield six months earlier than expected.
Aberdeen also lost top scorer Adam Rooney through injury.
The Irishman made only one more first team appearance in the second half of the campaign.
“Those were massivesetbacks to us,” said McInnes.
“Danny was outstanding for us and was always going to be a big loss.
“We also struggled to score as many goals as we would have liked when we lost Adam as well. We can only imagine how Celtic would have done had they lost Leigh Griffiths for the same period of time.
“Leigh bailed them out a few times in tight games by scoring late winners.
“Losing our main striker and first-choice keeper was too much of a burden for us to carry. But I was proud of my players and the fact they made Celtic wait until very late on to clinch the title.”
McInnes made several new signings in the summer in an effort to stay in touch with the Hoops.
The Dons also had the fresh challenge from newly-promoted Rangers to contend with.
England international keeper Joe Lewis was secured to succeed Ward, on a two-year deal. McInnes also signed Scotland keeper Neil Alexander, who had been surprisingly released by Hearts, as back-up.
Defenders Anthony O’Connor and Callum Morris, winger Wes Burns and strike duo Jayden Stockley and Miles Storey also came to Pittodrie.
But the new face who excited the Dons fans the most was midfielder James Maddison, secured on loan from Norwich City.
The Canaries had signed the 20-year-old from Coventry City for £3 million six months before he came to Pittodrie.
Maddison’s close skills and passing ability made him an instant hit with the Red Army.
He capped things by scoring a sensational, last-minute free-kick winner against Rangers at Pittodrie in September.
McInnes has spoken to Norwich City and has come to an agreement to extend the loan deal for Maddison until the end of the season.
“We have had good news with James Maddison being able to extend his loan,” he said.
The Dons gave a good account of themselves in the Europa League qualifiers, although they failed to reach the group stage.
McInnes is confident the experience of that will serve them well if they qualify for Europe again in 2017.
The Aberdeen manager also has the challenge of persuading some of his star names to sign new deals.
Skipper Ryan Jack, striker Niall McGinn and long-serving defender Andrew Considine are among those whose contracts are up for renewal.
McInnes said: “That’s becoming more of a challenge as the standard of player at the club has gone up in recent years.
“It would be naive to think players want to stay here out of the love of the club.
“But it’s something we are well on top of.
“You tend to work two transfer windows ahead anyway.
“I’m confident we will have the squad in place needed to keep taking the club forward.”