Granted, it is hard being alone at this time of year. I remember all the parties and dinners that I prepared and attended in years past with very fond feelings. I do miss all of that, but over years, being alone, I have created new, less extravagant things to do.
Limited funds have also "limited" the decorating and besides, any decorations I have are in that darn storage unit over 1000 miles away. But I still try to celebrate my December birthday and the Christmas holidays.
My 70th (gosh I am old) birthday is in a week. I have several fun things in mind, like a trip to the beach if not raining (I might go anyway) a dinner out (since I get coupons from several restaurants), and other things as I think of them.
It is not easy being alone and far away from the other life I had and my close friends. Maybe next year I can move closer to those friends and partake of their holiday fun. However, until I can manage that, I will "make do" with what I have.
I have my little old Pekinese still with me, I have beautiful warm, sunny weather here in Florida, and I have neighbors to talk to. I can opt to be alone or I can go out and find things to do. It is nice to have those options, at this age.
I can still walk (although with a cane) and I still have a car that I can drive. So many don't have these things. I am grateful for them. They give me freedom and choices. What more could I want than that?
So guess I am ready for the holidays. Let the fun begin.