This: reminds me of my mom: if you don't take 2nds and 3rds at her table, you have insulted her cooking. Then she criticizes you for being so fat. She is always either trying to feed you or put you on a diet. My sister once remarked to me that we clearly don't have the genes for schizophrenia in our family or she would have made us schizophrenic by now.
I know, we kind of did this already: Maister started a thread called (other) Thanksgiving Traditions. I went looking for it so I wouldn't have to start a new thread, thereby avoiding my personal tradition of inspiring everyone to ignore me when I want attention (which is neatly counter-balanced by my hobby of getting all kinds of attention of the wrong kind when I am not looking at all --- gee, it sounds like my relationships to men too, ). But this isn't specific to Thanksgiving so I feel compelled to take my chances and start a new thread.
So, I guess the question would be: What Christmas Cliches and/or Neurotic Traditions do you have personal experience with?(OR OTHER HOLIDAYS -- HANNUKAH, ETC -- I haven't attended church in years and the title is not intended to be discriminatory. But "Holiday Cliches" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Okay?)