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International Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

What is the best city in Western Europe in which to spend Christmas? My spouse and I have decided to spend Christmas and New Year's in Europe! We will be going to Athens for New Year's Eve, but we aren't sure where we should spend Christmas, and the days leading up to it. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jul 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Transporting Christmas Dinner

I want to do a special day after Christmas dinner for myself and my boyfriend. The only thing is, I'll be in a car for 6-7 hours heading back from my parents' before I'll be back at my house. I'm looking for ideas for a festive meal that can be transported in a cooler for that long and will reheat well once I'm home, or be really tasty served cold. [more inside]
posted by PearlRose on Dec 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Last minute trip to Portland and Seattle!

We just decided to drive from SF to Seattle via Portland for about a week. What are some fun family things to do?  Places to eat?  Places to stay?  Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mamabear on Dec 20, 2013 - 28 answers

Christmas Tofurkey?

Vegetarians of MeFi! What are you having for Christmas dinner? I am totally capable with vegetarian dishes in general, but most of them are rather light and don't seem substantial enough to be a Christmas dinner. So what are you having? [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Dec 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Black and White and Protected By Multilateral Treaty All Over

The #1 item on my eight year-old son's Christmas list is "AN ACTUAL PENGUIN". Please help me creatively accommodate his request without violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Help with gift for Dad

I need help finding a Christmas gift for my dad. I'm looking for: - Something that requires occasional hands on -- a project, but not a full-time project - Something a little science-projecty and geeky, but that does not involve a computer (he's 72 and not terribly computer literate; he does have an iPad, though) - Something that has a definable end result - Something he can attend to while my folks spend three months in their RV this winter - Most likely something plant-related More... [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 17, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I welcome two teenagers from Kazakhstan?

For Christmas my family is hosting two teenagers (~12 yrs old) from Kazakhstan. They are in town for a hockey tournament, and the place where the team is staying is closing for the nights of the 24th and 25th, so we are taking them on while other families take other members of the team. Help us make them feel welcome while being so far away from home! [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Dec 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Version of Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer with 'Callback' Lyrics

I am trying to find a good, actually any version, of Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, with 'callback' or 'kid's addition' lyrics. For example, "They never let poor Rudolph (Rudolph)/ Join in any reindeer games (like Monopoly)". I have searched, unsuccessfully, on iTunes and Google Play, for such a version. Any recommendations? I am sure there are plenty out there but I'm just not finding any.
posted by vac2003 on Dec 15, 2013 - 8 answers

All I want for Christmas is a poem!

We are doing secret Santa exchange at work in which everyday we leave a small gift for the recipient. I want to make all my little gifts tie together using a poem. Halp? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Dec 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Andalusian Activities?

My family and I will soon be embarking on a trip to Spain. We'll be in Seville the 19th-27th, Cordoba for a couple of days after that, and Granada until January 2nd. What's cool stuff to do in these places (we've already got Alhambra tickets), or very nearby? Is there anything associated with the current winter festivities to do? Any good restaurant recommendations?
posted by Maecenas on Dec 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Knock-out nut roast

We're having a vegetarian Christmas. I love a good nut roast. There's only going to be three of us, and no one to freak out over vegetarian clichés. So I'm looking for a scene stealing nut roast recipe to be the main attraction. [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo on Dec 14, 2013 - 13 answers

2013 gift guide guide

I really like holiday gift guides, which combine the illusion of thoughtful shopping with the ruthless efficiency of the internet. It's easy to find guides from popular websites and publications, but surely there are more and weirder out there on the web. What is your favorite 2013 gift guide? What are the most interesting gift guides from blogs and niche publications? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Dec 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Her Husband Already Got her Twin Peaks

So I need help with Christmas shopping for my awesome sister. I got her hooked on Battlestar Galactica when pregnant with Baby #1 I got her hooked on Doctor Who when pregnant with Baby #2 I got her hooked on The State Within last Christmas I need a new DVD series to get her started on with Baby #3 and Christmas. [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Dec 2, 2013 - 41 answers

Amtrak - Xmas travel from NYC to DC with infant and luggage

Questions on Christmas Amtrak travel from NYC to D.C (how busy and what's the deal with luggage?) for a small family who has never traveled Amtrak before. [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Dec 2, 2013 - 15 answers

"Scalper" ticket source for Stirling Castle Christmas events?

My mother and I have planned a somewhat last-minute trip to Scotland and we just discovered the Carols at the Castle event at Stirling Castle on the 15th. It is, of course, wildly popular and already sold out. Where might an enterprising couple of ladies manage to find tickets from those who have purchased them but no longer want/can use them? In the US I'd look on Craigslist for something like this, but that doesn't seem to be a popular option here in the UK. Gumtree hasn't given me anything either. Any way for us to track them down, or is it a sadly lost cause?
posted by olinerd on Nov 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Christmas Sweater Question

I need to buy a christmas sweater for someone with one very important detail. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Nov 23, 2013 - 23 answers

Help Me Find Some Giant-Sized Snacks!

So, a few weeks ago we were in Freeport, Maine and saw a giant whoopie pie, which we knew immediately would be the perfect Chrismas gift for my youngest brother. Then, tonight, my wife found a giant Rice Krispie Treat, which she bought as a Christmas gift for my middle brother. So now we have A Theme for amusing consumables for the rest of the family. But now we need to come up with some other Abnormally Large Food Items for 5-6 other family members. Help me find them. [more inside]
posted by briank on Nov 22, 2013 - 39 answers

What are some creative gifts for kids?

I end up in these situations where I need to buy a gift for a kid in the extended family, but the idea of just buying regular toys always seems lame. I like being a creative gift-giver. Can you give me some ideas for unique gifts for kids that would go over well? [more inside]
posted by dosterm on Jun 18, 2013 - 29 answers

Can you help identify this Christmas Present?

Can you help identify this Christmas Present? [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Jan 20, 2013 - 20 answers

I like you, but I hate the gifts..

Is there a polite way to tell your significant other that you absolutely hate the gifts you've received from them for holiday? But wait!! I'm not being snooty for the reasons you'd think I would! More inside.. [more inside]
posted by baconandvodka on Dec 29, 2012 - 68 answers

Birmingham on Christmas Day: options?

Birmingham, England. Christmas Day. Is *anything* open at all? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Quick Christmas Pudding

Due to a very recent decision to cook Christmas Dinner (rib roast and Christmas Pudding) I need a quick version of an unsteamed pudding that I can make today and serve on Tuesday. Should be dark and succulent and fragrant. I am soaking the dried fruits in rum as I write this. Inventive Cooks please help me.
posted by lungtaworld on Dec 22, 2012 - 4 answers

I'm sorry I don't feel pain the way you think I should, but...

A couple of weeks ago, I moved out of my marital home (details in my posting history). Whilst I seem to be doing okay, most people expect me to not be. In fact, they seem to expect a fragility and sadness from me that I'm not feeling even remotely. This has lead to some judgements from people that I could have done without. How can I navigate the sympathy of folks during the holiday season without having to pretend to be an emotional mess (which I'm not) and without suffering judgement from people who don't know the whole story (Which I can happily live without). [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Dec 22, 2012 - 27 answers

Bah! Humbug!

Which film versions of "A Christmas Carol" or "Scrooge" should I absolutely watch in the next few days. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Dec 19, 2012 - 23 answers

Show me a link to your favorite, male, solo (as in, no groups) rendition of "O Holy Night".

Show me a link to your favorite, male, solo (as in, no groups) rendition of "O Holy Night". Acapella is good too. [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Dec 18, 2012 - 21 answers

Careless Whispers

[GiftFilter] I need a gift for my brother. Difficulty: Estranged siblings who talk 4 times a year at best. [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Dec 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Christmas Games for the Family!

What are some fun games my family can play at our annual Christmas Eve party? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Dec 17, 2012 - 11 answers

We're not usually helicopter parents, but this time...

Please hope us to find a remote controlled helicopter? [more inside]
posted by peagood on Dec 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Christmas gifts for an instructor

I'm an adult who has been taking private lessons on a musical instrument for most of this year, and I get along very well with the instructor. But what's most appropriate to do for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Dec 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Is a wristlet a bad gift for a new mom?

Is a wristlet a bad gift for a new mom? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Dec 14, 2012 - 26 answers

A quickly made christmas dinner may be impossible

Our Christmas Tradition has to change in a significant way this year. Any suggestions on how to make the best of it? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Dec 11, 2012 - 20 answers

Help me find a wristwatch for my mom with very specific criteria.

Do they make a pretty woman's analog watch that lights up, is easy to read and has both the day of the week AND the date on the face? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Dec 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Future 15 month old wants something dangling that won't kill her

Please help to give me ideas for safe Christmas ornaments/baby toys to hang on a tree for a 15 month old, that (individually) aren't too expensive. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Dec 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Halo mugs without getting mugged.

Looking for unique and cost effective gaming related Christmas gifts in Canada for a teenager. [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Dec 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Suggestions for awesome and unusual Advent calendar that can ship to the UK before, like, July?

Does anybody know of a specific awesome Advent calendar, not run-of-the-mill but more like the Selfridges Lancome calendar, that I can get delivered in the UK within the next couple of days? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Nov 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Christmas Wish List Headache

[Xmas gift filter] My mother wants to know what I want for Xmas. I am out of ideas - and there are a few issues regarding shopping & shipping. [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Nov 28, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me create new Christmas traditions!

I would like to start a Christmas tradition with my little niece and nephew, but I'm coming up short on ideas. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Nov 20, 2012 - 21 answers

Please recommend books for my almost teenage niece

Which book(s) should I get my niece for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Nov 16, 2012 - 20 answers

NYC this weekend, storm impact I should know about?

My teenage daughter and I are heading to NYC on Saturday for a one day bus trip. Are there areas we need to avoid due to the storms still and are there any special things happening we should try to do? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 on Nov 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me plan my trip to France!

I’m currently based in Andalucía, Spain, teaching English for the school year, and am planning to visit neighboring France during Christmas vacation. France fascinates me and will be the first country I visit outside of Spain during my time in Europe, but to be honest: I know nothing. I have approximately 13 days to spend in the country, I would like to see Paris and a few other sites in the northwest, and I will probably enter the country on the Mediterranean coast (from Spain) and leave via the Basque Country (to return to Spain). What should I see? [more inside]
posted by huxham on Nov 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for a cottage rental around Ottawa, but don't know where to look

I'm looking at renting a cottage around Ottawa from just before Christmas to just before New Year's Day--Dec 22-29, give or take a day. I don't know the area at all, and haven't the faintest idea where to start. Help? [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Nov 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Make-ahead gifts

Infused olive oil, homemade pancake mix... what are some cheap, nice make-ahead food gifts? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Nov 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Help us pick a vacation/honeymoon destination for the Christmas Holiday.

Help my wife and I pick a vacation/honeymoon destination for the Christmas Holiday. [more inside]
posted by Ergolad on Jul 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Christmas time is here... auf Deutsche!

Help me plan an awesome Christmas vacation to Berlin! [more inside]
posted by mostly vowels on Jun 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Where to find a Christmas hat in Vancouver in January?

Where could I find a Little Christmas hat for my six year old cousin? (Location: Vancouver) [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow on Jan 2, 2012 - 4 answers

O Holy Night, all choral, NO soloist?

Are there any versions of "O Holy Night" in the choral style of Palestrina/Victoria, without soloist? [more inside]
posted by vnvlain on Dec 27, 2011 - 7 answers

How much of Christmas Dinner can be made the day before?

How much of Christmas Dinner can I precook? [more inside]
posted by wwax on Dec 22, 2011 - 18 answers

Butt... butt... it's not a pork loin.

Can I make a pork roast for Yuletide from a pork shoulder butt? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Dec 21, 2011 - 11 answers

A Very Soy Christmas

Christmas Eve, New York City, vegetarian dining. [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on Dec 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Christmas cracker emergency on Long Island

Where can I buy Christmas crackers on Eastern Long Island? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity on Dec 21, 2011 - 13 answers

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