Can you help me figure out how to use my 8 day Christmas Vacation to get somewhere warm and have a ton of fun? [more inside]
Crafty Gift Filter: Help! I need a place in the DC metro area that sells crafty gifts. [more inside]
I collect St. Nicholas Christmas villages from Kohls. I am looking for some mountains I can buy or make to put my villiages on, or some creative ideas or material I can make hills out of. I have looked everywhere on the web and can't find anything. Any ideas???
I love this song by Dolly, but what exactly is a "Hard Candy Christmas"?
I just decided to take a winter vacation to Switzerland for the week before Christmas with my friend. I have never been to Switzerland (or outside North America for that matter) and I was wondering if anyone had been to Switzerland and had suggestions about what to do/where to go? I am up for anything! [more inside]
How do I go about holiday tipping? [more inside]
I am looking to wrap a 12' dogwood's trunk and branches to get an effect similar to this. But if a max of 3 strands of 100 mini lights connected end to end is the recommendation for safety, how would I configure it? Thanks, Heather
Here we go again on cross-faded CDs... Is there any software for Windows, currently available, and cheaper than, say, CD-Architect (:-), which will let me make up a playlist for a CD, and then individually adjust the amount of overlap between each pair of source tracks, and do all the mixing and cue-sheet work necessary to give me a CD with one big long track, but the proper Q subcode to make the display and individual track selection work properly? [more inside]
Help me host an awesome Christmas with games where my family competes to win the right to donate to the food bank. [more inside]
I am trying to find a site that will help the family manage our Christmas lists. 6 family members. Unique logins. Each member can input their lists and everyone else in our group can see it. Now, when I buy a present for someone, I would like everyone else to be able to see that I already bought that present, EXCEPT for the person that I bought the present for. For example, if I see my brother wants an MP3 player, and I buy one, my sister can check the site/list and see the MP3 player has been taken. But, I do not want my brother to be able to see that anyone else bought that present. Emailing while viable, is messy. Any ideas?
Is there a Christmas movie that's horribly bleak with like terrible things happening to children or broken dreams or general sadness and woe or maybe like cancer, and that doesn't end well?
Nostalgiafilter: Does anyone remember an animatronic Grinch display at department stores in the 1970s?
Does anyone else that grew up in the 70s/early 80s remember the animatronic Grinch Christmas exhibit thing? [more inside]
Christmas Gift Filter: Uncle who does and needs nothing. What to get? [more inside]
What are popular stores to buy jeans and sweaters as a gift for a 14 year old boy I've never met? [more inside]
A fun holiday diversion: help me make my LOLcat Christmas card! [more inside]
Giftfilter: What are your favorite consumables that are only available in NYC/on the East Coast? [more inside]
Help me come up with an idea for our personal blog for Advent. Something to post each day leading up until Christmas. [more inside]
Is 5 years old too young for an OLPC? [more inside]
Why did so many of the children on my local "Angel Tree" ask for Wal-Mart gift certificates? [more inside]
A friend has spent over ten years trying to locate a version of the song "The Little Drummer Boy" that he listened to as a child. What he remembers is that it was performed by a young boy (or, possibly, a girl) and that while there may have been other singers on the track, it definitely wasn't a choir version. This ring a bell for anyone?
How do I give an airline ticket as a Christmas gift? [more inside]
My brother-in-law's domestic abuse is tearing my family apart and I really don't know what to do or how to handle the situation anymore. I need some advice. [more inside]
My sister and I want to do a gift-free Christmas. What rules should we set? And how do we break the news to our mom? She's big on bargain hunting and spoiling us, so we're sure she's not going to take this well. [more inside]
Sigh. So, this question inspired me to sign up for the NY Cares Winter Wishes program. Which should be great, right? Except yesterday I got the letter from the kid and I don't think I can get her what she asked for. [more inside]
I want to make or buy an advent calendar that leads up to Barak Obama's inauguration day. Assuming there are no such calendars to be purchased, what sorts of trinkets and candy should I use to fill the compartments. I think the date range will be from Christmas day to the inauguration so I can give them as Christmas gifts to my lefty friends. (I was inspired by this question)
I want an advent calendar that will give me a genuine thrill of surprise and delight every day. I've been disappointed too many times. Give me spoiler-free recommendations. [more inside]
Where can I procure a copy of the rendition of Carol of the Bells that Saks Fifth Ave (NYC) has used at their flagship store over the past few years? [more inside]
What have *you* always wanted to find inside a pinata? [more inside]
How can I have a Christmas dinner delivered anonymously? [more inside]
I'm looking for some ideas, recommendations & recipes I can use to make up some Christmas hampers for presents this year. As much home made stuff as possible & I'd like to try & avoid overtly Christmassy things. Things that can be used in January & beyond. [more inside]
ChristmasMusicFilter: More music like George Winston's "December" or Al Di Meola's "Winter Nights"? [more inside]
Please help me find (online, or in a major Canadian store) some slippers that fit the following strict requirements: fluffy on the inside, thick comfy sole, and, most importantly, are closed around the heel without being a boot. It seems that everything I find that fits the first two requirements is clog-style, and that absolutely won't do. The closest I can find are moccasins, but the gift recipient doesn't like leather/fur. Any suggestions?
Help me find a certain type of bowl for my wife for Christmas. [more inside]
My wife and I are going to Berlin for 7-8 nights at the beginning of December. We have been before and did most of the local sights and loved it, but that was in summer. I would love some itinerary ideas for this visit. [more inside]
What are some UK Christmas holiday traditions? [more inside]
I need creative Christmas present suggestions for my brother! [more inside]
What should I get my kind, but difficult to shop for in-laws for Christmas? More details inside. [more inside]
Where can I buy/find the mp3 of the traditional Swedish Christmas carol, "Nu är det jul igen" with children singing it? [more inside]
Where can I buy electric Christmas tree candles like (or similar to) these in Australia? [more inside]
Giftfilter: I need Christmas gift ideas for three cousins. The eldest is an almost fourteen year old boy, the middle one is a ten year old girl and the youngest is a nearly nine year old boy. [more inside]
My boyfriend of six months has asked me to come home with him for Christmas to meet his (large) family. I'm looking forward to it, along with the standard first-time-meeting-the-parents jitters, but I'm not sure how Christmas plays into all this. [more inside]
What are the most memorable, awesome or useful handmade gifts you've received or given? I'm in search of some inspiration, as well as cautionary tales. [more inside]
Book filter: Getting a head start on Christmas presents - what books would you recommend for my kung fu instructing, deadwood watching, social work teaching freemason father? [more inside]
Christmas in Chicago: Cosy and romantic - but where should we stay? Where should we eat? What's open, and what's cool? [more inside]
[Wii filter] Is it going to be impossible to find the Wii right before Christmas? Should we wait until after Christmas to get it? Is it still in high demand? Are there new online resources to find Wii systems for sale? [more inside]
I need to travel the weekend after Christmas, returning the weekend after New Years. Am I likely to find cheaper air fares if I wait? [more inside]
Looking for battery operated Christmas/LED lights with the smallest possible battery pack. [more inside]
How can computers help me turn hundreds of 1980s photographs into an awesome present? [more inside]
Where's a warm, sunny, beach-y, relatively inexpensive place for my family to visit over Christmas? [more inside]
It looks like I'll be in NYC over Christmas and New Year's, and I don't really know anyone in town. Any suggestions for how to salvage some joy from the holiday season regardless? Budget is reasonably flexible.