You have your traditions. Each one comes with rituals which may include special decorations that come out of boxes and go back into the boxes as each season of rituals and celebrations passes. Rituals are good as they hold the energy that surrounds traditions, and your holidays most certainly come with their traditions. Why do you hold the holidays and your traditions and rituals so near? For the connectedness they bring. They touch the soul, which knows only connection. Do not worry that those who have passed are no longer part of your traditions. They live on, not as a memory, but as a part of the web that makes up the very fabric of your rituals.
You are so very loved.