Looking for a couple of funny, tasteful christmas songs that would likely have the backing track available. [more inside]
Which towns in the Mid-Atlantic and New England have good Victorian Christmas celebrations in November / December? [more inside]
How late is too late to send out Christmas cards? [more inside]
Cheese present for pregnant sister, which are safe? [more inside]
14 years ago I was given a baby grand piano for Christmas, where it lived at my mother's house until now. She recently remodeled and sold it (with my full agreement) since I have no room for it and interstate moving would cost as much as a new piano. She wants to give me the proceeds since it was my present, but I think we should at least split it since it was a really expensive gift and it has remained at her house. What do you think? [more inside]
I've got nowhere to go for Christmas and nobody to celebrate it with. Every place I could use to distract myself is closed. The soup kitchens already have too many volunteers. Plus I have no car. I'm going to be bored as hell. What to do? [more inside]
Last minute Christmas dessert. Someone at my wife's work made this. It's a "cake" made by taking three pies (pecan, pumpkin, apple) and smashing them one on top of the other into a three-layer "Pie Cake". It was frosted with Pecan Coconut frosting. Apparently it was very very good. We can't get in touch with the guy who made it, so we were hoping the hive mind could help us out. If anyone has heard of this, please let us know if it is as simple as taking pies out of their tins, smashing them (gently) into three distinct layers, applying the frosting and VOILA, a weird but tasty dessert item!
I have in my possession a large cut of beef called a round roast. What is it (pot roast, maybe?) and how do I cook it - tomorrow? [more inside]
20+ years ago, I heard a recording of the Hallelujah Chorus done by an English village on WFCR. It was horrible. I'd like to hear it again. [more inside]
Some time ago either on MeFi or BoingBoing there was a link to a bunch of songs that I *swear* were Christmas songs played in the wrong key or one half-tone down or something... Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about and where I could find this (again)? [more inside]
For the past two years, I've come across a TV channel broadcasting a looping video of a fireplace with Christmas music. I have no idea what channel it was on, or how/why it exists. All I want for Christmas is answers.
Heroin addict decides to face her habit so she moves to the bucolic Scottish (or Irish, somewhere in the UK at any rate) countryside, meets a (decades-older) blind farmer, falls in love, kicks the habit, eventually has to grieve his death, starts writing luminous poetry, publishes... but what is her name, or the name of her book? (last-minute, last-ditch Xmas-gift-filter) [more inside]
Beer-basting-poultry-filter: Hi Mefites, I'm cooking my Christmas turkey tomorrow and would like to baste it with some yummy beer. [more inside]
My school-aged children received some money for the holidays and decided to buy toys for needy kids instead of spending it on themselves. I took them shopping yesterday and, all told, they've got about $300 in toys to donate in addition to what I'm also kicking in. Now, what are we going to do with this stuff? [more inside]
Should I buy a goat for Christmas? [more inside]
I want to visit some interesting shops in London... for Christmas shopping. Today. Help! [more inside]
Please suggest a cafe or restaurant that's open for Christmas day dinner in Melbourne (Australia)? [more inside]
Recommendations for a Christmas meal in Kauai. [more inside]
What techniques can you use to avoid falling into the family dynamic trap? By that I mean, for the first few hours/days everything's fine with parents and siblings, my identity is intact, but soon after, somehow, we're all playing the same parts we always played (we've all flown the nest)... I find it annoying how I find it difficult to rise above this. ie. feeling intimidated by my older brother, oddly belittled by my younger brother ignored by parents. I'm sure I'm a rather oversensitive middle child but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only factor! This year I am determined to enjoy my Christmas without the family dynamics crap. We're all old enough for this not to be a problem, surely? Futile perhaps, but maybe with your rather general advice I may be able to make inroads!
christmas present filter: help me pick out a book for my grandmother! [more inside]
150 gift baskets needed by Monday! Looking for suggestions for SF Bay Area local small businesses, artists or crafters that are likely to have at least 150 of an item small enough to be included in a handbasket. [more inside]
Cluelesshusbandfilter: Ladies! Help a semi-clueless husband find a book bag for his lovely wife!!! [more inside]
When does your family open Christmas presents from each other? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I would like to bring some traditional Austin or Texas foods to Louisiana for his family to try over the holidays. Basically, we're looking for tasty treats that will withstand 8 hours in the car (we're bringing a cooler, so cold stuff is fine). So far we've thought of sausage from Lockhart and Bee Butter from the Bee Cave Honey Company. We need some more/better ideas!
Help me think of cute ways to show my new boyfriend that I'm thinking about him over the holidays! [more inside]
Christmas Cookies Disasters filter: I was making Aunt Sis's Strawberry Tart Cookies, Gourmet's favorite from 1993. They spreaded into flat disks. [more inside]
I was a dolt and missed the deadline to ship my Mom's potential Christmas gift to my parent's house before I left town. So now I'm left with one weekend in NYC to find her something pretty for the home that's also small enough to fit in a carry-on suitcase. I need recommendations for classy, inexpensive stores in NYC that carry unique and/or handmade bowls, candle holders, tableware, etc for under $80. [more inside]
I'm looking for gift ideas for a family member who is into snowboarding. He already has all the basics but I do know he needs a new pair of goggles (which shouldn't be hard to find). I'm also interested in any cool accessories that you could recommend beyond the basic stuff your average snowboarder would have. The price range I'm looking for is around $50. Thanks in advance!
What should I do in Istanbul on New Year's Eve? [more inside]
Best gift for under $30? [more inside]
I'm off to Beijing for the Christmas break and want to take my friends out for a big xmas dinner. It's my first time to the city and I'm struggling to find any good guides to food there. Any recommendations for a good slap-up meal on the 25th? I'll be staying around Chao Yang.
What are some actual examples of this Christmas-time cliche? [more inside]
Manhattan Church filter: My partner's sister is coming for Christmas Eve, and would like to attend mass. [more inside]
How do I celebrate my first Messianic Hanukkah? No one else in my family is Jewish, and they're trying to "make me" celebrate Xmas. [more inside]
Throwing a Doctor Who Christmas special party! I'm in need of clever ideas. [more inside]
Two Toronto residents staying in the city over Xmas for the first time. What if any are the quintessential entertainments (restaurants, masses, sporting events, traditions, whatever) taking place in or around Toronto on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephens' Day? [more inside]
Help me send virtual gifts to my kids overseas. [more inside]
Posting this for a fellow librarian, searching for the title of a book or story having to do with a lonely Christmas tree that finally gets chosen by a couple, who then put the tree on the mast of their boat. The story/book is from 30-40 years ago. It is not "The Fir Tree" by Hans Christian Andersen, or "The Legend of the Three Trees". It also has nothing to do with "The Christmas Tree Ship".
Holiday gift giving dilemma: I have two half-sisters. One always thanks me for gifts. The other rarely does. How to remain on good terms with both, but not feel like a chump? [more inside]
The missus and I will be in Baja for the holidays, winging it as usual with no agenda. Where should we go, especially for Christmas and New Years Eve? [more inside]
We're not exchanging gifts! What do I do? [more inside]
Christmasgiftfilter: I am in England. I'm looking for suggestions for little gifts to take to the American family. Or generic gift suggestion lists. [more inside]
What can I start to do now to make my wife's Xmas birthday better. [more inside]
This is the first time that I've bought my father an unsolicited Christmas gift and I want to attach something to indicate its emotional weight for me. I'm thinking of written pieces. Suggestions? [more inside]
Clever/pretty ways to "wrap" gifts that are just pieces of paper? [more inside]
Christmas Song Filter: I'm looking for the best, current, classic Christmas song covers by today's popular artists. [more inside]
Trying to locate a restaurant in New York famous for its Christmas lights. [more inside]
This year, I have decided to plan a Surprise Christmas Party, mostly for my parents. Does anyone have any tips for helping me pull this off? [more inside]
Help me find a great handbag for my wife! I've really taken a liking to the Furla Frida as in this Sartorialist pic (handbag on the left). I can't find it anywhere as it came out last year (except for $600 in the UK). I've done all of the top line google searches etc... Please post suggestions of places to look or for similar items if you know of any. I'm also in LA if there are appropriate brick and mortar solutions. Used is great too.
Looking for a $15-25 white elephant gift that starts with the letter D [more inside]