This afternoon I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with one of the lovely ladies in my Thursday morning business networking group. Jill is a very interesting woman with a lot of life and travel experience, and I value her company. During the course of the conversation, we started talking about deeper things, like historical fiction books, the current political climate in the US (yikes) and finally ended up discussing the role of tradition in culture – rather appropriate for me as a calligrapher, since the art of calligraphy nowadays is used primarily to maintain or evoke a sense of tradition.

The DIY trend has been around for a while, but it seems to be just one of the relatively recent examples of a culture that has gone from embracing tradition – in weddings to corporate settings to dressing up for a night at the theater – to rejecting it in favor of a more “laid back” posture.

                           (picture courtesy of “Work It, Mom!” blog)

Who doesn’t love their casual Fridays at work and being able to wear jeans and flip flops to church on Sundays? In times past, that would never be acceptable – back in the day, people would sacrifice comfort for the finer things and details would be part of what made memorable experiences out of going to the opera, attending a formal holiday party, or planning a wedding.

So my question is, how casual is too casual? Is there such a thing across the board, or are there regional differences? What are the positives and negatives of rejecting the formal and traditional – is anything sacred? I’d love to hear your point of view!