Ok, you've heard how Marc & Erin spent their Lehigh Valley New Year's Eve. Let me tell you about mine (which also happens to be my birthday).

We missed the actual Peep drop at the family-friendly Peeps Fest, but we did get to see the 5:45 p.m.  fireworks as we drove to Bethlehem. We parked in the deck, which was free - thank you, Bethlehem Parking Authority, that was a nice birthday gift - and then walked among the happy young families, which made me wish Peeps Fest had been around when my boys were little.

Some of my favorite shops along Main Street were open, so we popped in to say "hello" to Rae at The Foo-Foo Shoppe and Kathy at The Accessories Boutique before heading to the Historic Hotel Bethlehem for a birthday toast. The hotel lobby was completely transformed with tables beautifully set, all of which were marked with "Reserved" signs. We were lucky to find a spot at the bar.

Finally we headed over to Ichiban Japanese Steak House. No restaurant in the Valley decorates for as many holidays as Ichiban does, New Year's Eve being no exception. The place was packed, so we chose to sit at the bar. I forgot my VIP Card Holder "Happy Birthday" 10% discount coupon, but I have every intention of using it before it expires at the end of January so I wasn't too disappointed. Others in the restaurant were also celebrating their birthdays as I heard the waitstaff singing and hitting the ceremonial gong a couple times.

Miso soup and salad with ginger dressing were just what the doctor ordered. Of course my eyes were bigger than my stomach when I ordered so Don got to enjoy most of my sushi. (Now you know I wasn't feeling well!) We headed home and turned on the TV to watch the celebration in Times Square.

Maybe next year will find us dancing in the New Year, but this year I was fine with celebrating quietly at home.

Do you prefer to go out on New Year's Eve, or stay home?