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What is there to do in Austin on Christmas Day?

We're going to be in Austin for several days before and including Christmas Day. What is there to do on Christmas Day, including places to eat (bonus for vegetarian) - i.e., what's open?
posted by Jackson on Dec 19, 2014 - 2 answers

How to spend Christmas alone and broke?

This will be the first Christmas in my life where I'm alone - no significant other or family. While I've never thought of myself as much of a holiday person, the idea is beginning to weigh on me and I'm looking for suggestions as how to spend the day (and days leading up to it) in a happy manner. Extra challenge: I'm quite extremely broke. [more inside]
posted by item on Dec 19, 2014 - 39 answers

Charitable Donations for Dad for Christmas

My dad put together a not-really-serious Christmas list which includes items such as "world peace" as well as a few other clever things. This year I'd like to give multiple charitable donations in his name targeted to the causes/issues he touches on in his list. Help me select a few organizations. [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Dec 19, 2014 - 14 answers

A scandinavian video tradition

I remember something on the blue, likely last year, about a day's long video of a boat sailing somewhere in Scandinavia. Thought it might be Christmas related. Does anybody have a link to last year's or even better whether they're doing it this year?
posted by blackjack514 on Dec 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Workplace gift giving

At my workplace, there are 6 people on my team along with 2 leaders who we all report to. Collectively, we bought group gifts for both leaders. I had been planning to get a small gift (a few jars of homemade jam) for each of the people I work with (both leaders and my co-workers) and I had been thinking of doing this since before we decided to get a group gift for our leaders. I'm wondering if it's somehow inappropriate or weird to be getting my leaders a gift on top of the group gifts that I already contributed to? But then, the alternative of just getting my co-workers, but not my leaders a gift seems awkward too. I suspect I'm overthinking this, but I feel like I don't have a good sense of what the right thing to do here is.
posted by Proginoskes on Dec 18, 2014 - 15 answers

Chirstmas in NOLA

We decided to not worry about the in-laws this year and booked a last-minute Christmas trip to New Orleans instead. So where do we eat on Christmas? [more inside]
posted by thecjm on Dec 18, 2014 - 15 answers

General Purpose Gifts Under $8?

What low cost item has changed your life recently? I'm looking for gifts that you could give to anyone; male or female, 20 to 60 years of age. Preferably in the $5-$10 range. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Dec 18, 2014 - 43 answers

Dreaming of a clear Christmas - get the yellow off my icicles

My lovely clear plastic icicles have aged through the years and I need help returning them to their pristine wintry looks. [more inside]
posted by leafwoman on Dec 17, 2014 - 6 answers

"Even though I'm a Jew..."

Try to find a Christmas song I saw on YouTube years ago. It's sung by a young woman, I think in a big city, I remember coffee cups, possibly Starbucks reds, and that there was a lyric about liking Christmas "even though I'm a jew..."
posted by feelinglistless on Dec 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Help Us Light the World with Tiny Glowing Screens for Christmas

What would be the best (lowest cost / least hassle) way to get my immediate family (wife, son, daughter, myself) up and running on iPhone 6s for Christmas this year? [more inside]
posted by doctor tough love on Dec 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Santa got it really wrong this year.

The Grandparents sent our kids gifts that are ridiculously wrong for them. Do I return them ASAP and buy things they would actually like? Do I address this with them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2014 - 44 answers

ISO perfect Christmas tree decorating album!

Mom and I have been searching for a choral Christmas album that we love since our favorite Christmas tape died. Naturally, snowflakes follow. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Dec 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Beading gifts

My impossible-to-shop-for mother has gotten into beading this year. I know absolutely nothing about beading except that involves beads. What are some good gifts for a beading person -- things that she might not buy for herself? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Manhattan on 12/26?

We're thinking about making a quick visit to Manhattan the day after visiting my family in the Hudson Valley for Christmas. Is this a bad idea? If we decide to do it, what (other than the Midtown Xmas dept store display / Rockefeller Center sights, which I know about) would be good activities, including cheap but yummy lunch options, we might not have thought of. For reference, we visit NY a couple times a year, have done so by both train and car, just not usually at the holidays.
posted by aught on Dec 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Unique gift/book stores in NYC along the lines of Kinokunya

I'm doing some holiday gift shopping in NYC this weekend and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for one-of-a-kind stores that are fun to browse and would provide gifting inspiration! [more inside]
posted by musicismath on Dec 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Wrapper's Delight

Inspired by this thread, I'd like to go all out wrapping Christmas gifts for my wife this year. What ideas, concepts, methods, etc. have you used in the past, or seen online that are sure to impress? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Dec 10, 2014 - 24 answers

Hacking my sad feelings about Christmas and passing of time

I generally love Christmas, and try to throw myself into it, but it brings up a lot of sad feelings (as I know it does for many people.) Specifically, my partner and I are in a shitty ongoing life situation that I keep hoping will be resolved but isn't, and two songs specifically set it off every year that it isn't resolved. Assuming the ongoing life situation can't be changed, how do I reframe my thinking about Christmas and the passing of time? [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome on Dec 8, 2014 - 20 answers

Christmas Present for a Trip to Lisbon?

My family is taking a trip to Lisbon in May! We are very excited. What present can I get my mother to make this trip even better for her? Looking especially for specific tours or tickets although other ideas will be considered. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Dec 8, 2014 - 4 answers

now my kid believes in Santa but we don't want to lie to her

When my daughter was born my partner and I decided not to do the Santa lie but this year (she's five and a half) she is really upset about it all now that she's picking up on other people's beliefs. What do you say about beliefs when it's the rest of the world who did this to your kid? [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism on Dec 8, 2014 - 52 answers

Employee busted her butt for me this year... non-creepy gift?

I've looked through the archives, and all the usual websites, but I'm not finding what I'm looking for, and was hoping someone might have the perfect Idea - She's 26, my employee, and has taste that I don't have... [more inside]
posted by niteHawk on Dec 7, 2014 - 44 answers

how do you secure a christmas lawn ornament to the ground?

How do you secure a Christmas lawn ornament to the ground? I'm talking about the plastic 40 inch high decorations, like the Santa Clauses, and Mrs. Clauses and snowmen. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Christmas ham - without a conventional oven

We have been assigned the ham for this year's Christmas party. We will be roughly 20 kids (age 0-16) and 17 adults. What do I buy and how do I cook it given that my conventional oven does not hold a temperature? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Dec 7, 2014 - 9 answers

What happened to icicle lights?

For a while in the 90s, icicle lights were super popular Christmas decorations. Not the kind with dangly strings of little light bulbs, but ones that actually looked like lighted icicles. I haven't seen them in years - not in stores, not on anyone's houses. Where did they go? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 6, 2014 - 11 answers

They don't deserve coal but....

Please help me find gifts for my neices so I am at least allowed back next year! (I know, another gift question, but hopefully there is enough special snowflake-ness for yall) [more inside]
posted by Fullofcrazy on Dec 6, 2014 - 18 answers

How To Make Xmas Dinner, Sans Murder, Confusion or Smarm?

Buzzfeed has a post detailing the cooking schedule for Thanksgiving dinner. Does same exist for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Dec 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Am I being a brat, or does my mother have boundary issues?

My very kind and generous mother has bought everything on my boyfriend's wishlist, for me to give to him on Christmas. I'm 30 years old and feel a bit... weird about this. Am I right to feel out of joint, or am I looking a gift horse in the mouth? [more inside]
posted by Dwardles on Dec 5, 2014 - 50 answers

Suggestions for a Silly but Useful Gift

I'm looking for ideas for a gift for my cousin, specifically a gift that is silly or absurd but still useful. For the last several years, my cousin and I have exchanged absurd gifts, with varying levels of usefulness. However, she recently moved into a small apartment with her boyfriend, so there is now less room for things that are just absurd. Upper limit is about $50, with some flexibility. [more inside]
posted by Caz721 on Dec 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Ideas for a gift for your therapist

Assume first that it's appropriate for our particular relationship. I got her something last year--sort of a small $15 Christmas-themed funny sign thing that was connected to something we talked about one time. But this year I can't think of a single thing. Which may mean I shouldn't get her anything, but I'd still be grateful for any ideas you have. Thank you!
posted by frankly mister on Dec 4, 2014 - 11 answers

My sister is making patchwork quilts... what is a good gift?

My sister is colossally hard to buy for and Christmas is swiftly approaching. She is insanely busy at her job (that she doesn't like) and doesn't have much time for interests or hobbies that I am aware of. The only thing I know she has been doing and enjoying is making quilts. Help me turn this is to a great christmas present. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Dec 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Christmas Music 2014 Edition

I'm on the lookout for fresh Christmas music. Pretty much anything goes. What's new, good, unusual, or just plain worth a listen?
posted by mazola on Dec 3, 2014 - 19 answers

What does a 20 year old (male) college student want for x-mas?

No one in my family knows what to get my brother for x-mas (and his birthday in February). He doesn't even know what he wants. Help! [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Dec 2, 2014 - 37 answers

Christmas-themed office fancy dress

Hit me with your best ideas for a work fancy dress party with the theme 'Christmas Carols'. [more inside]
posted by citands on Dec 1, 2014 - 20 answers

Guide to Gift Guides

In the vein of this question last year, I am canvassing for good 2014 gift guides. [more inside]
posted by hepta on Nov 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Please help me have a (relatively) stress-free Christmas

Looking for advice on how to have a peaceful couple of days with family members with whom I have unresolved issues. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Nov 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Please recommend your coolest holiday ornaments!

Show me your best, weirdest, coolest, funniest, or most beautiful ornaments that can be got for $20 or less. [more inside]
posted by waterisfinite on Nov 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Not just any farm

My 3,5 year old's number one wish for christmas is a "farm, with two people cutting wood with scissors". I was stymied, until my husband said he vaguely remembers seeing an ad with her on a German children's tv channel. He thinks it may have been a Playmobil ad and there was, among other things, two guys sawing wood. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Nov 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me with a creative Santa costume/outfit!

I am attending a social event in a few weeks where everyone is attending dressed as a version of Santa Claus. I have no problem with dressing as a normal Santa -- but that is too easy! Any ideas for a (more) creative Santa costume/outfit? [more inside]
posted by knockoutking on Nov 24, 2014 - 28 answers

Tryptophan Filter: Traditional Christmas Eve Dinners in NYC?

Back in NYC for Christmas and need a good Xmas-dinner restaurant pick. Help? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Nov 21, 2014 - 3 answers

A book that's also a game?

There's several people I know that are big into gaming, (The Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, etc). They also like to read. In the interest of getting them something gaming related, is there a book or several books that function both as a piece of fiction and as a game?Not sure this sort of thing even exists, but figured if it does that would be pretty awesome as Christmas gift. Anyone?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 21, 2014 - 31 answers

Holiday Gift for Traveling Brother

I need to figure out a delightful holiday gift for my travelling brother (and perhaps his girlfriend as well). Help me earn Awesome Big Sister Points! [more inside]
posted by couch fort dinner party on Nov 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Recommendations for online custom Christmas card printing

I'm looking to print 50 or so simple Christmas cards: Folded, regular sized, one of my photos on the front. I'd like to get these printed online (or, locally in Vancouver, Canada, if possible.) Any recommendations? Snapfish? MPIX? Quality, price and speed are my primary considerations. Thanks!
posted by docgonzo on Nov 20, 2014 - 9 answers

I love that old-timey contemporary classical prog-choral rock opera

Help me buy music for my extremely eclectic dad! [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Nov 20, 2014 - 27 answers

The teensy tiniest little bit of additional sun party

I'm looking to explore developing a no-pressure easy-going family tradition of celebrating winter solstice. The main thing I'm trying to figure out is how to do a sunny yellow/orange cake to represent the sun, but am looking for other solstice-y 'let there be [more] light' ideas as well. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 20, 2014 - 18 answers

Does Santa have a ZIP code?

I seem to remember that it used to be a thing that your kid could send their letters to Santa to a particular address and they'd get a nice reply from "Santa." Now that I'm old enough to have a kid of my own who wants to send a letter to Santa, I'm not sure where to send the thing. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 19, 2014 - 13 answers

A gift for a late 30s legal eagle Londoner

Hi, yes it's one of those pre-Christmas questions from a desperate gift-giver who's out of ideas. [more inside]
posted by reshet on Nov 17, 2014 - 7 answers

How to feel the holidays?

How does a happily married couple with no children and tenuous family ties enjoy the holidays? My husband and I have been married for 10 years, and we are happy with each other. It's everyone else we struggle with. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Nov 15, 2014 - 24 answers

Does "You Must Bring Valentines For The Whole Class" apply at age 30?

In the past year I've become very close with two people in my book club, let's call them A and B; the other two, C and D, are great, but have not shown capacity or interest in keeping in touch between monthly meetings. It's nearing Christmastime and I want to make gifts for A and B to express my affection and gratitude for their friendship. BUT I'm worried about it coming up later ("Oh, those ___ are so cute!" "Thanks, anonymous gave them to me!") and it resulting in hurt feelings. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2014 - 14 answers

Amazing Christmas present ideas for the best 12yo Nephew in the world.

My nephew has had a shitty shitty year and I want to spoil him rotten for Christmas. I want to get him the awesomest of awesome presents. The sort of present that will use often & he can show off to all his friends and have them be jealous. Bonus points if that present is something he can't get in Australia but I can in the US. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Nov 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Repackaging Playmobil Advent Calendar bits

Help me source specific packaging materials so I can reuse our Playmobil Advent Calendar. Bonus points if it's attractive and looks something like an Advent Calendar when all is said and done. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Nov 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Is this quilt crazy?

I would like to make a person a quilt for Christmas. I have basic sewing knowledge but I have not done any quilting beyond sewing squares together to make pillows. Is this a feasible project, and where do I start? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Nov 12, 2014 - 21 answers

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