I've never understood why "counting down" to an event would be a good thing, It just makes you more aware of something that will happen in the future instead of paying attention to the here and now. I don't much want to think of anything more than a week or two away. Time passes more quickly when you are not aware of it.
I also don't get the nostalgia thing folks of my age seem obsessed with - it was yesterday and it's gone - it's a new day dawning folkies and today is what you have to deal with - with just a soupçon of tomorrow. And don't you just love when all the old folks moan about how it was so much better in the "old days" - Did everyone live in Shangri-La? Did I miss it somehow? It wasn't on my map.
There is always the discussion of how much less everything cost - but no one talks about how much less everyone earned - it's all relative. The past can be something fun to chat about but ONLY if you are chatting with the people who were actually THERE with you - experiencing the same thing at the same time in the same place with the same people. Otherwise I really don't give a rat's ass about what someone else did when they were 10 - the school yard, the candy store - whatever - I wasn't there, it didn't happen to me, it's probably of no great social import or historical importance - so, spare me. I don't care!
Every once in a while I hear myself saying one of those "in my day..." and I just shut myself up and smack myself in the head.