I have noticed a trend in holiday traditions across various families. It seems that either you're from a family that stays pretty much sober over holiday gatherings, or you're from a family that gets totally knackered from grandma all the way down to the six year olds nipping the Champagne. I guess half-wasted/half-sober doesn't really work that well. My family was one of the sober families. Well, except for Grandma, but she was drunk all day, every day, and so it wasn't like a change in personality with her. I've never really regretted having sober family gatherings. We're depressing enough when not inebriated. FOCUS: Are your family gatherings sober, drunken, or a little of both? Would you like it to be different? What shenanigans have arisen due to your family posture on the issue?