In this time of dark mornings and dark nights we leave the old year and begin the new. Perhaps it is the darkness itself, keeper of the unknown, that compels us to have so many traditions.
The Scots have the tradition of Hogmany - a time for revelry and reflection, a point of origin for the song Auld Lang Syne. Folks from the South have the tradition of eating black eyed peas and collard greens - a way to bring in good luck and some fine coinage. Many folks in Spanish speaking countries have celebrations that include family and fireworks. Congressmember Adam Schiff says, "Rabbit, rabbit", a tradition from Massachusetts whose roots may be in England.
This year we've followed the traditions that relate to cleaning out the house: a fresh beginning for a new year. Not sure what Leia thinks of all of this, but having a fresh start will be a good thing for all of us.
Prospero Año Nuevo. Happy New Year.