I have a bad habit of mixing metaphors or getting them ever so slightly wrong. One in particular I want to use is "national fabric". Is this a term? Or am I mixing two metaphors again? I'm thinking of the usage "Lighting fireworks and cooking hot dogs on the 4th of July is in our national fabric." However, something about that doesn't sit right with me. What is the correct metaphor?
Also, if I am getting them wrong, what are the metaphors that I might be trying to mix? Thanks.