I do believe traditions matter. They provide structure which I think we need. I don't like Christmas starting at the end of August but I'm sure we all know how this has come about: Money. Also, it seems to me that whatever we do nowadays it must be fun and noisy, sometimes bordering on the hysterical. And of course, we must have what we want and we must have it now.
We are approaching All Hallows' Eve. I really like the way families in Sweden mark this by going to their cemeteries and lighting candles for their loved ones. A time to quietly reflect and remember.
This is worth watching:
Saving running away money - 'leaving fund'
What loutish behaviour - Boris manspreading
I'm uglier than yesterday - I'm aghast