I mentioned yesterday that New Year’s isn’t my favorite holiday. It’s just not. Maybe because it has such the party reputation, and that’s not how I want to celebrate New Year’s. I like the Japanese traditions better, with time spent at home with family (or at the local shrine, with the community), reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new year with hopeful expectation. There’s drinking, of course (it is Japan), but the party is not all that’s going on. The New Years I spent in Japan had a solemnity to them, a reverence. I liked that.

Tonight, Geordie and I aren’t doing much. I’m making mussels for dinner, a special and delicious way to end the year. We have champagne for midnight. And perhaps we’ll even sleep in a little tomorrow. It’ll be good to have a little time to reflect on the past year, to think about what we want from 2013. It’s a year we have high hopes for.

That’s all that New Year’s needs to be for us.

As for you guys out there, whether you’re staying at home or partying it up, have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. May 2013 bring you all the comfort and happiness that you’re hoping for. May it be a wonderful year for everybody.

And now, because it’s Monday, a picture of two happy sleeping kittens.