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Need to upgrade my Christmas CD collection. Recommend your favorite!

Need more Christmas music. Too busy to list what I already have, so just list whatever CD is your favorite. I like everything--every genre imaginable, except rap. Thanks!
posted by luvmywife on Dec 2, 2013 - 56 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 Entertainment in San Francisco?

My wife and I usually visit our families on the east coast for Christmas. This year, however, my wife will be 35 weeks pregnant, so we're staying home in San Francisco. We'd like to find some festive Christmas events in San Francisco to entertain us that are local and compatible with being pregnant (so Santacon is probably out). Bonus points for events that are uniquely San Franciscan.
posted by pombe on Nov 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me to be a Secret Santa

I need to make some purchases online for Christmas - but I don't want the items to show up on the sidebar. We're a one computer family and my 16 year old daughter will easily figure out what Santa's bringing. I know there's a way to surf and purchase covertly, but when I Google "shop online secretly" and other such phrases, I don't find what I'm looking for.
posted by kbar1 on Nov 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Instead of sending out Xmas Cards to clients - I need an alternative

I'm looking for an innovative alternative to sending out Xmas cards to clients. [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Nov 30, 2013 - 13 answers

How to administrate "photos with Santa" as painlessly as possible.

My place of employment (an agro-tourism destination) has procured someone to play Santa this weekend for photos with kids (by donation), and we are having trouble figuring out the best way to deal with the paperwork and administration of that, without it turning into a huge nightmare. [more inside]
posted by wats on Nov 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me cater for Christmas

My family Christmas lunch has blown out from the usual 15 people to at least 27 and my original plan to roast a whole sirloin in the Webber isn't going to cut it. I have a motorised spit-roaster (charcoal, rated to 25kg) and I need to cook beef. What sort of cut should I order from the butcher to feed the crowd? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Nov 28, 2013 - 1 answer

Amusing, surprising, and cheap stocking stuffers for the whole family

Every year, each of my (8 or so, all adult) family members buys the same small gift for the rest of us and gives the gift anonymously (and to themselves, to preserve anonymity). With Christmas a month away, what silly or useful stocking stuffers can I give out to each of my family members across a wide variety of ages? [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Nov 26, 2013 - 38 answers

Where can I buy Jelly Belly Sour Santas?

Is there a retail chain that carries Jelly Belly Sour Santas candy? I found them online but I'd like to avoid paying shipping. I'm in the Kansas City area, if anybody happens to know a local source.
posted by mmmbacon on Nov 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Advanced Home Cooks--What's on Your Wishlist? (Assuming You Were Good!)

Cooking is probably my main hobby these days. And, as a late-thirties professional, I have a fully outfitted kitchen. I'm being asked for gift ideas for Christmas, and I think I'll probably limit myself to 1) whisky and 2) stuff for the kitchen. Fellow advanced home cooks with fully stocked kitchens, what's on your wishlist this holiday season? Not looking for gimmicky stuff; rather something I'd actually use for years to come. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 25, 2013 - 53 answers

Bulk Christmas goodies

What are your best recipes for holiday goodies to give out as gifts, to make in bulk? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Nov 24, 2013 - 29 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

Tips on Portraying Santa Claus?

I have to portray Santa Claus at my library in a few weeks and would appreciate some suggestions! [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Nov 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Best way to get a weird and wooden object framed?

How best can I frame a wooden star that has survived since the 1960s? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Best jazz Christmas records?

I like jazz, and I like Christmas music. Which jazz Christmas music would I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Nov 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Help me convince the boss I DON'T have to be in the office 12/26-12/31

I've been asked to show up at the office for the four weekdays between Xmas and January 1 -- AGAIN. But the boss is taking vacation. More drama inside. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Nov 21, 2013 - 59 answers

A comprehensive schedule for Christmas Music specials on BBC for 2013?

Every year I look forward to BBC Radio's Christmas music specials (especially choral concerts), including the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve. In 2005 the Beeb broadcast a concert called 'Carols by Candlelight' by the Chapter House Choir that was delightful. And so every year, I scan the schedules of the various BBC Radio services to see what I can find, but I invariably miss something or other (I'm in the US, btw). For all you radioheads in the UK: is there an all-in-one place to go that has a complete list of that kind of thing?
posted by DandyRandy on Nov 20, 2013 - 3 answers

How to make our Hawaiian Christmas party special?

We're having a holiday party for about 65 guests, and the theme will be "Holiday Luau." What are some clever, on-theme games/activities or decorations or a surprise dish or tiki spectacle that will make the evening truly memorable? [more inside]
posted by pgswim on Nov 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Blue flower, red thorns. Blue flower, red thorns.

Mix CD, Christmas edition. Now with special snowflakes! [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Nov 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me get my jam on! (Because I can-can-can!)

This year for Christmas, I want to make jam, specifically this strawberry-grapefruit marmalade. But I've never canned anything in my life! Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on Nov 17, 2013 - 7 answers

A Christmas present for my sister who is travelling in Asia

I am trying to find a great Christmas present for my sister. This year there are complications. [more inside]
posted by Laura_J on Nov 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Biology Gift Idea

Iam thinking of gift idea for the scientifically minded specifically Biology, even better Microbiology. It's for a SO who just enrolled in Phd program in a reputable university. She already has the microbe/parasite pillows. Any suggestions?!
posted by radsqd on Nov 14, 2013 - 16 answers

Tiny Advent Gifts

I made my boyfriend an advent calendar for Christmas and I'm looking for tiny (but quality!) gifts to fill it! [more inside]
posted by brynna on Nov 12, 2013 - 26 answers

Best Wireless Digital Photo Frames?

For Christmas, I'd like to purchase digital photo frames for family members that would allow me to update the photos wirelessly. The reviews for several of the digital wi-fi frames are awful on Amazon. Do you have any recommendations for digital photo frames that specifically come with wi-fi? Or another digital photo frame that would be easy enough for non-tech-savvy people to use? Thank you.
posted by melodykramer on Nov 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Christmas mother-daughter road trip in America

My mom and I are hoping to get away over Christmas and explore the States a little bit. GIve us good ideas for where to go and what to do? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Nov 9, 2013 - 18 answers

Great Holiday Gifts for a 4 and 2-year-old?

Great, possibly homemade Hanukkah/Christmas gifts for a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy? Homemade/crafty suggestions very welcome. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Nov 9, 2013 - 18 answers

Yule Be Swell! Yule Be Great!

We will be hosting a very large Yule gathering in our home next month, and I need ideas on ways to feed people affordably but impressively with simple but very elegant dishes. We set the bar pretty high last year, so the H is O. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Nov 3, 2013 - 22 answers

Christmas Hamper Help Needed - Wholefoods Edition

I pride myself on being the best gift giver ever and I think I have nailed the idea for my Secret Santa this year, a Wholefoods Cookbook with accompanying produce. The thing is, I don't really know what wholefoods are, and the book is a week or 2 away (being sent from OS). I need this gift in the post around mid November so want to start my shopping for the produce now. Please help me, what kinds of awesome things can I put in the hamper? It can be snacks and grocery type things for cooking. Nothing that needs to be refrigerated. Im thinking dried beans, wholemeal pasta, that kind of thing. The book is 'Cooking with Wholefoods: A guide to healthy natural ingredients, and how to use them with 100 delicious recipes... by Nicola Graimes.' Thank you.
posted by Youremyworld on Nov 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Things To Do In Paris Over The Holidays?

I will be in Paris for a week and some change between Christmas and New Years. I've been before so I know all the standard tourist spots- but I know the holiday season will mess up openings and closings so I'm interested in fun, interesting things and places ...that will be open. Ideally looking for performances, music, English-language theater, etc. I'll be traveling with a classical musician with a fondness for opera, so looking for things along those lines. Any seasonally specific events or things I shouldn't miss?
posted by The Whelk on Oct 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me with my advent calendar woes!

Christmaszilla filter: this Christmas ALL I want is an advent calendar that has little nativity figurines in the little slots so that you take one out each day and build a nativity set. Help! [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral on Oct 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me find this Christmas decoration!

I found a 9" painted clay/ceramic bird Christmas statue at thrift store in the Milwaukee area, and it's so fantastic that I another one. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find anything on Google so far. Can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Oct 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Yes, thinking about Christmas already. Sorry.

My brother and I would like to give my parents a large chunk of cash this Christmas with the intent that they use it to travel. How do we do this most effectively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 18 answers

No-Christmas Christmas

I'm interested in passing Christmas (24/25 December) somewhere that does not celebrate Christmas at that time. The shops and monuments should be open, the people should be doing their thing, and life should be going on more-or-less as normal. For a number of reasons, I'm particularly interested in doing this in a place that celebrates the Orthodox Christmas (6/7 January). Have any of you spent the holiday season in such a country? Which one? What was going on during the 24/25 Dec? Would you recommend visiting? I'm also curious to hear about your New Year's experiences in those places, but it is less important. (If you have a really awesome idea in another region I'll hear you out for the sake of others who may have a similar question.)
posted by whatzit on Sep 13, 2013 - 25 answers

Good Paris Hotels for Internet Access over the holidays?

Looking for Parisian hotels in Monmartre or in central Paris with US-quality wifi or Internet access during the Christmas season. No wifi tokens or credits or anything like that, looking for flat fee wifi within guest rooms for at least one device. That the hotel be nice to stay at is a plus.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 25, 2013 - 11 answers

I just cannot remember the name!

Children's book, of a wintery sort (I've been trying to remember the title for six months). I read it in the last 15 years. It involved a bored princess and someone that came and shook everything up - perhaps pied piper-ish? It involved juggling I think and the character's name was really important - I remember it as something like 'Hode'.
posted by an opinicus on Jul 11, 2013 - 4 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

Is there a way to approach unequal staff Christmas presents at my workplace that will not come off as me being jackassy?

Is there a way to approach unequal staff Christmas presents at my workplace that will not come off as me being jackassy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2013 - 50 answers

Can Twelfth Night be twerrific?

What are some fun, delicious, or delightful things my husband and I could do that would make great Twelfth Night traditions? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Jan 2, 2013 - 5 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

R is for... really cool gift that begins with R?

I need to buy a few small gifts that begin with the letter R for a family gift exchange. My budget is $20, the potential recipients range from an 18 year old college freshman to a 70 year old. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Dec 26, 2012 - 18 answers

How do I transform cookies into lasting Christmas tree ornaments?

How do I turn my gingerbread man cookies into long-lasting Christmas tree ornaments? [more inside]
posted by film on Dec 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find a Christmas song that sounded like the A-Team!

Help me find a Christmas song that sounded like the A-Team! [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Dec 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Southwest Christmas jazz?

I just heard a recognizable piece of music at a Christmas event, but can't name it. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Dec 25, 2012 - 3 answers

GET THEE TO SUNSHINE NOW.

What should I expect flying with a young child (8) from Seatac on Christmas morning? [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Dec 24, 2012 - 7 answers

What is the best "Santa Tracker" for a first gen iPad?

Help me find the best Santa Tracker [more inside]
posted by leafwoman on Dec 24, 2012 - 6 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

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