Today’s my birthday (12/16) and I’m now officially on Medicare. As a December baby, I’m used to sharing my birthday with all the holiday traditions that take place during the month. In some ways, it’s fun because it’s a festive time of year, but birthdays always get mixed up with everything else. December babies are used to receiving combo birthday – Christmas – Hanukkah presents. It’s part of the deal.
On the other hand, I’m a Sagittarius, which I’ve always thought was the coolest sign.
Speaking of birthdays and other celebrations . . .
Some people enjoy celebrating milestones and other folks attempt to ignore such events, especially birthday milestones. Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting recounts one long weekend beginning with a birthday milestone celebration, followed by a more somber milestone memorializing a life. Events concluded with a joyful visit to welcome a new member of the family. Milestones celebrated, honored, remembered.
Most of our Baby Boomer bloggers are enjoying the holiday season but each of us celebrates in different ways
What do you do when your familiar holiday traditions are no longer serving you? Perhaps you’ve moved or have gone through a divorce. How do you start a new holiday tradition and what do you do? In How To Create New Holiday Traditions, Jennifer of Unfold And Begin, shares some things that she did after a divorce and after a remarriage to create new traditions to enjoy.
It’s not always easy to focus on the holidays when we’re constantly being barraged by crazy town news and some of us are dealing with difficult situations.
If you’re having a hard time, there’s help
Often times, the holiday season brings up grief and loss. Carol Cassara offers perspective on grief and how to handle the holidays at A Healing Spirit.
It’s never pleasant to celebrate the holidays when you’re sick. But it does give you time to think and contemplate questions about life.
Being under the weather gives you time to think
Tom Sightings and his wife, admittedly under some medicinal influence, were sitting around the dinner table the other night and began to wonder What Do We Lie About? Do men lie about different things than women? Do people lie for convenience, or for conscious? What lies do you tell?
And then there’s shopping
It’s a good thing we have a consumer journalist in our group of bloggers.
On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about a Danish study that showed toxic, fluorinated, or PFAS, chemicals were found in high levels in nearly one-third of the cosmetics products tested. Use the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to learn what’s in the cosmetics you’re using and how to pick out safer personal care products.
That’s something to think about next time you buy your next tube of lipstick or skin care product.
A fleeting moment of fame
Even though life has been challenging for me dealing with a significant other who is ill, we’ve been busy going to parties and film screenings. One screening was for a documentary film that I appear in. I met and made friends with a brilliant artist/sculptor in the 1980s whose work rivals DaVinci but he spent several decades of his later life in obscurity. Luckily, he was also friends with George DiCaprio and his son Leonardo. They helped produce a documentary about his life and I appear in a short segment. You can read about the screening here.
All of us at Best of Boomer Blogs hope you enjoy the holidays and have a very happy New Year. We’ll be back again blogging together in January.