That's an awesome tradition.
People are often looking so far ahead that they lose sight of what's right in front of them. I recently said to someone something along the lines of, "Not everything you experience in life has to go anywhere. What's the point of endless aspirations for the future if they only ever cause you to forget that you already are somewhere to begin with?"
I guess what I meant by that is, somedays we waste time lamenting that it's too cold to go out on the lake. We stay inside and fantasize about some mythical, perfect day in the future that may or may never come. Instead we could have said, "We have a boat, a lake, friends, heaters and bloody marys; screw waiting, and lets have a good time now."
Well, something like that.