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Basic Trope: Something bad happens on Christmas.

  • Straight: It's Christmas, but Alice and Bob's house has burned down.
  • Exaggerated: Everyone but Alice dies on Christmas and she has such bad grief she needs a psychologist.
  • Downplayed: It's a happy Christmas for most of the characters, but Alice is a bit disappointed because she has a sinus infection.
  • Justified: The fire started when Bob knocked over one of the candles that was decorating his and Alice's house.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is lucky enough to win the lottery on Christmas.
    • Alice and Bob are both very unlucky, but on Christmas nothing bad happens to them.
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob's house burns down on Christmas, but Bob's brother Charlie takes pity on them and buys them a new house, complete with new stuff.
  • Double Subverted: ...But then it turns out that Diane, Alice's mother, died.
  • Parodied: It's treated like a Christmas tragedy, but all that happened was that Bob's mug broke.
  • Zigzagged: On Christmas, Alice and Bob's house burns down, but Charlie buys them a new one. However, Diane appears to die, but then it turns out she faked her death. Then, their neighbour Edwin appears to die, but there's evidence he might actually be alive.
  • Averted:
    • Nobody celebrates Christmas.
    • Christmas happens, but nothing bad happens on it.
  • Enforced:
    • One of the writers hates Christmas and rebels when asked to do a Christmas episode.
    • Advertisement:
    • The writers wanted to add pathos to the house-burning-down plot by having it happen on Christmas.
    • The show is always dramatic, so why change just because the episode is set on Christmas?
  • Lampshaded: "It just doesn't feel like Christmas!"
  • Invoked: Freda the villain deliberately sets Alice and Bob's house on fire on Christmas.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: Alice goes to extra lengths to flame-proof the house in time for Christmas.
  • Discussed: "I feel sorry for my cousin Bob and his wife— their house burnt down on Christmas!"
  • Conversed: "I'm glad my Christmases are better than the ones in that show!"
  • Implied: Alice and Bob are seen looking unhappy in a Christmas photo.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played for Laughs: The unfortunate things that happen on Christmas are just sitcom-style high-jinks.
  • Played for Drama: Alice and Bob find it especially sad that their house burned down on Christmas of all days.

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