The pop star, who's received some heat for her nights out with Paris Hilton and her penchant for not wearing underwear, posted a holiday message to her fans and talked a bit about the panty situation.
"It's been so long since I've been out on the town with friends. It's also been two years since I've even celebrated my birthday," said Spears, who celebrated her 25th birthday recently with Hilton at L.A.'s Hyde club.
"Anyway, thank God for Victoria's Secrets' new underwear line! I look forward to a new year, new music and a new me!" she wrote.
"I'm just getting started," she said. "Happy Holidays everyone!"
The New York Post reported yesterday that the Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services has been trying to set up a meeting with Spears.
"The department has been calling Britney trying to set up a meeting with her, so they can check on (Spears' sons with Kevin Federline, Sean Preston and Jaden James). The calls started after this recent bout of bizarre public behavior," a source told the newspaper.
The Post reports that Spears' family is also worried about her new party lifestyle — and antics with the paparazzi (i.e. being caught in photos minus underwear).
On The Early Show Friday, Katrina Szish, contributing editor of Us Weekly magazine, told co-anchor Hannah Storm, "Britney has always been so good at connecting with her fans directly. She sort of almost invented the celebrity Web site where she directly addresses her fans, almost as if she's writing them a diary. I think what she's trying to do is show her fans that she's still the Britney they love and she's trying to almost be honest with them about what she's going through and what she's doing why she's doing.
"I'm sure she is looking for a little sympathy but, at the same, she's being honest. Think of one of your good girlfriends who's been in a bad marriage finally gets out and, you're allowed to go a little crazy. You sort of want them to be happy. You sort of celebrate their split."
Szish said one member of Spears' new crowd is really raising eyebrows: "I think Britney's parents, in particular, are not happy that she's spending time with Paris. I think a lot of people would agree that it's probably not the best best friend to have in Hollywood.
"Paris is a trouble magnet. Everywhere Paris goes, there's a feud, there's controversy, there's something that happens. So, for Britney to go from K-Fed to Paris is not much of a step up. So, people are not happy with that.
"I really do think that, if Britney continues to do this for months and months and months, it will be a problem. But right now, she's a young mother who has a fulltime nanny, her children have a wonderful grandmother, her mom, Lynn, and I think she's allowed to take it easy a little bit."
Szish added that Spears and her ex, Federline, "got together last week at Britney's Malubu rental and spent two hours together. He came to visit the kids, and supposedly they got along fairly well and actually agreed to try to get the divorce done smoothly and simply.
"Both are filing for sole custody of the children. Right now it's complete speculation as to what will happen with that. Experts say Britney's partying will not have an affect."
Szish speculated that Spears will get her music career back in good shape: "I think she absolutely will. I think 2007 will be a big year for Britney. I think we'll see her change a lot."
Meanwhile, Federline, is busy retooling his image into that of a serious, respectable adult.
A spokesman for Federline's divorce attorney released a statement Wednesday detailing an evening out with the aspiring rapper.
According to the statement, Federline dined out with lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan at a Beverly Hills steakhouse Tuesday — and then had a pleasant chat with the press.
Federline told E! News that he wants the public to know that he is a family man, adding "that is me, that is the truth, that is — in all honesty — that is what it is."
He also said that he sees himself a year from now "making movies" — presumably legitimate feature films — and that he's very happy and moving forward in his career.