February is one of my favorite months. The blossoms in the Bay Area emerge, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Many years (including this one!), Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year fall in February. And, on a more personal note, February is the month in which both my husband and I celebrate our birthdays.
When I was growing up, I thought the best way to celebrate a birthday was with a big party. Over time, I came to realize that I am a pretty hardcore introvert and a big party is not my jam. As per usual, however, I still want to mark the day somehow.
Last year, for my husband’s birthday, we walked the labyrinth at Land’s End in San Francisco. It’s a small stone maze tucked away off a trail, with a sweeping view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay. It was a perfect way to reflect, with the smell of cypress and fennel in the air, and a fog horn sounding in the distance as the day darkened and the lighthouses began to glow.
I’ve found I like to take a similar approach–doing something special, but small, like going on a hike or walking to my neighborhood market and picking out some sweet smelling flowers and marzipan.
What about you? What are your favorite birthday rituals?