Spent my birthday as I have the entire month of December: low-key and mellow. I'm still tending grandkids as they are out of school until January 2nd. But it's all upbeat and fun with the boys. And add my new little Frankie in the mix, and there's not a dull moment. Received many nice birthday wishes and had a quiet dinner in the evening with family. I feel content with how I marked my 66th.
I gave myself a big break this year from all the pressures of the season. I didn't feel like putting up a Christmas tree, so I didn't. No lights, no village, no nutcrackers. The only thing I did was buy a bunch of poinsettia plants to place around the house. It felt festive but calm. Just what I wanted this year. And I'll sure appreciate it more when the time comes to undecorate. Just toss the old flowers out and I'm done.
It's fine to deviate from tradition. At least for me. I have enjoyed the season more than any in recent memory. And since the grandkids were out of school the entire month of December, it was good for me not to push myself harder than necessary.
I am looking forward to the end of 2013. And I dare not think too much about 2014. The years roll around and bring a share of joy and sorrow, success and struggle, comings and goings. What will be will be. I'll take it a day at a time.