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Christmas Makes Strange Bedfellows

Recommend Christmas carol recordings by unusual pairings of singers? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Jun 2, 2015 - 10 answers

Ding Dong! Merrily On High

I need straightforward, unadorned recordings of English Christmas carolers. No crowd noise, no ambience, no accompaniment, no perfect professional chorales. Just ordinary folks singing in an otherwise quiet room ... or even outdoors if it's recorded well enough. (They must be songs in the traditional English repertoire.) [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Mar 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Arduino/Christmas lights projects for beginners

What are some good Arduino projects involving Christmas lights for someone new to microcontrollers? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jan 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Gift etiquette: Boss's children, holiday edition

My direct manager is having an open house / work-related party tonight (the 30th) and he has invited me and most of the department. We are planning on bringing a small 'host' gift, i.e. flowers or chocolates. Since it is so close to Christmas my wife thinks that we should also bring a small gift for each of my manager's two children (~6 and ~2 years old). I'm unsure whether this would be seen as 'sucking up' or if this is a good idea. [more inside]
posted by Arandia on Dec 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Did I do something wrong that I'm missing? Isn't college $ good?

For Christmas, I decided to set up a 529 college savings account for my 7 month-old nephew. My sister and her husband flipped out, saying I am trying to use their child for tax deductions. I don't understand what I did wrong. Insight please? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Dec 27, 2014 - 56 answers

calligraphy for the handwriting-challenged

I got an amazing calligraphy set for Christmas. I have never done anything of the sort before. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 26, 2014 - 11 answers

I Want this Sitar Christmas Carol!!!

Where can I find this sitar based Christmas carol that I heard on NPR? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Dec 26, 2014 - 4 answers

He doesn't like my Christmas.

I got my husband a painting by his favorite artist for Christmas, and never doubted for a second he would love it. I was ... incorrect. How do I keep up my Christmas Spirit? [more inside]
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk on Dec 25, 2014 - 43 answers

A lamb in two parts

I am roasting a whole lamb leg for Christmas day. I would like to cook it most of the way at my house, take it out, transport it to my sister's place and finish it off in her oven, so that it will be hot and freshly cooked when we sit down to lunch. Is this a fool's errand? [more inside]
posted by reshet on Dec 24, 2014 - 5 answers

The perfect SF bar that's open on Christmas Eve?

So a friend and I are recent transplants to SF, originally from NYC. For reasons, neither of us can go home for Christmas and we barely know anyone out here. So we've decided to try to find a place to hang out tomorrow and could use advice from locals. [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla on Dec 23, 2014 - 4 answers

oh no. i screwed up.

In true sitcom-character form, I've gotten myself in a situation. I promised weird and exciting Christmas presents for work people by accident. I was half-bluffing half-joking, but now it has been taken seriously, and I didn't kill it soon enough, so now it is too late. And I need to deliver. By tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Dec 23, 2014 - 50 answers

Christmas breakfast in Seattle north of downtown

I'd really like to go out to breakfast on Christmas morning, without having to venture downtown or Capitol Hill. Looking for a place in Ballard, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Broadview, even Shoreline. Anyone know a place that would be open, or a place that has been open in prior years that I can call to check? Thanks! (Prefer a regular breakfast joint vs a fancy set-menu brunch.)
posted by skycrashesdown on Dec 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Where's Rick's Cafe?

I'm in Reykjavik for Christmas! But what should I do? [more inside]
posted by iNeas on Dec 23, 2014 - 3 answers

Midnight Mass in Warwick, RI?

We are looking for a "midnight" mass Christmas service in Providence or Warwick, RI. We are not religious and don't live there, but nonetheless have very specific desires (after the break). [more inside]
posted by obliquicity on Dec 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Where to pet a fox in Ohio?

THE SITUATION: One of my good friends loves foxes. "Obsessed" is a strong word, but... she is deeply enamored. Fox socks, fox backpack, fox everything. [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Dec 22, 2014 - 10 answers

What to make for breakfast on Saturday for 8?

I need to plan/make breakfast for 8 people on Saturday at my brother's flat. What should I make or do? There are complications including dietary restrictions, travel and lack of equipment. [more inside]
posted by plonkee on Dec 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Seeking Holiday Tunes

I would like to build up a large playlist of songs celebrating Yuletide, Solstice, and winter in general, but leaving out Jesus and the Christian god. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Dec 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Can I get a poem printed on canvas before Christmas?

I am looking to get a poem printed on canvas.... before Christmas. I am in Manhattan, NYC. Does anyone know of either a place locally or somewhere online with rush shipping that I can get this done?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Desserts for the unmotivated

What dessert can I bring to a family holiday get together when I've lost all my love of baking? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Dec 21, 2014 - 35 answers

Restaurants in NYC open on Christmas + Food Allergies

Hi! Looking for two restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. I'd like one or both of these restaurants to be somewhat upscale. They should be able to accommodate vegetarian + no dairy + no shellfish + no fish. At more expensive places they're usually very helpful and willing to prepare me something off-menu, but I'm having some trouble narrowing down the field. Brooklyn ideal, Manhattan okay, Queens is probably pushing it. [more inside]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 on Dec 21, 2014 - 7 answers

What arrangement of What Child Is This did I hear?

A few years ago I heard on a classical radio station a version of "What Child Is This" that I'd love to find again. It was for choir, either alone or possibly with piano? and the harmonies became increasingly... strange. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Dec 21, 2014 - 4 answers

More Spicy than Sweet

Another Christmas gift question! My older brother loves to BBQ – and since we live in the Southwest, it’s grilling season. Last year I gave him a box of spices from Penzey’s, so this year I’d like to give him a nice set of BBQ sauces. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on Dec 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Making family recipe Christmas pudding in Seattle

Where can I buy zante currants and sultanas (golden raisins) in Seattle? Amazon has some options but the reviews appear mixed, so ideally I'd buy them in person.
posted by niccolo on Dec 21, 2014 - 12 answers

What should the future with my ex look like?

My husband cheated on me and left me after nearly two decades of a wonderful, loving, respectful marriage. The betrayal came out of nowhere, and involved emotional and on occasion physical abuse. I can't just go no contact, because we've got a daughter, we're financially entangled, and we will be for years. I am having trouble forging a new, post-marriage relationship with him because I'm deeply hurt, raw, angry, sad, and disoriented. I also can't picture what that relationship even looks like. And he has asked to spend all day on Christmas here at the house ... I don't know if I can handle it. [more inside]
posted by Capri on Dec 21, 2014 - 66 answers

The Professor Is In

Where can I find a classic, professor-style tweed blazer... cut for a woman? (Serious bonus points: before Christmas??) [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden on Dec 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Christmas gift for Columbian guests

My family is hosting a teenage girl who is an orphan from Columbia for Christmas eve. She is here with one of my sisters as part of a Catholic Charities and KidSave program which helps older kids to network with people to look for potential adoption candidates. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 20, 2014 - 8 answers

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 - 3 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 - 50 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 - 17 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 - 16 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 - 47 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 - 4 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 - 10 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 - 25 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 - 54 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

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