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.
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]
Hello We are looking for a Christmas treat. They were toffee like almonds but I have googled this and only find recipes for toffee almonds. They are sugary, crunchy and In Australia around the late 1980s. We can remember having them but can't seem to remember their name. Any help will be appreciated. Angela
Looking for Messiah sings, greater Boston area. [more inside]
What are your best recipes for a savory breakfast casserole that can be prepared the night before and cooked in the morning? [more inside]
For Christmas, my family is endowing a college scholarship in my grandparents' name. My grandparents have no idea. How should we present this gift to them? [more inside]
Your idea for ~$125 gift exchange gift that can be bought using Amazon Prime today for arrival tomorrow? [more inside]
Anyone know of a reliable source for guitar tabs/chords for Christmas carols on the web? [more inside]
I'm looking for non-traditional fun (maybe dark) Christmas movies, for my Christmas day full of movies. Right now, I'm watching Rare Exports, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hogfather . Any other awesome and ridiculous suggestions? [more inside]
Which film versions of "A Christmas Carol" or "Scrooge" should I absolutely watch in the next few days. [more inside]
Christmas gift/activity ideas for my dog? [more inside]
We are hosting the family Christmas celebration this year. I've got the food, the gifts, and the decorations under control. I need help with the entertainment. In particular, entertaining eight kids in a very small house. [more inside]
Can you suggest some stocking stuffers for two boys, ages 11 and 13? They need to be inexpensive ($5ish) and ideally Amazon Prime items. Unsurprisingly, the boys like sports and video games. I'm a big reader though and I try to instill a reading habit in them when I can. [more inside]
Show me a link to your favorite, male, solo (as in, no groups) rendition of "O Holy Night". Acapella is good too. [more inside]
[GiftFilter] I need a gift for my brother. Difficulty: Estranged siblings who talk 4 times a year at best. [more inside]
This is a question about giving gift cards at a work Christmas get together. [more inside]
What are some fun games my family can play at our annual Christmas Eve party? [more inside]
Giving my sister my old dslr for her 18th birthday. I'd like to also give her a book that explains the principles of photography. I'd like it to be clear and easy to understand in regards to aperture, depth of field, dynamic range etc. , but I'd also like it to have some ray optics to get her to think about why the camera works the way it does (focal depth, optics etc). Any suggestion would be great.
I'm putting together a holiday play list for the office pot luck and, trying to make it fun and all inclusive. I've got tunes from Peanuts to Springsteen to the Arrogant Worms. I'm in need of more Hanukkah (got the Adam Sandler one, thx.) and desperately in need of some music for the woman organizing as she's Islamic (and for the record has a wicked sense of humor). Ideas?
Should I get my brother clothes for Christmas? Good gift ideas for an ABD? [more inside]
Please hope us to find a remote controlled helicopter? [more inside]
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]
Is a wristlet a bad gift for a new mom? [more inside]
I need some pithy one liners to write inside of Christmas cards to some old cranks. [more inside]
How can I present my intended with a Christmas gift that is in no way an engagement ring? Degree of difficulty: its packaging absolutely screams, "this is an engagement ring!" [more inside]
Can you help me identify the following film from my mother's description. It's so I can buy it for her partner's Christmas present. She said 'P loves that corny film about someone trying to get home for christmas'. What film is she thinking of?
Help me find a small, loud, and possibly even stylish outdoor AM/FM radio for use in a tailgating situation. Preferably under or around $50. [more inside]
Should my father give Christmas gifts to my mother's nurses? [more inside]
Looking for a little Holiday magic before a dinner date tomorrow in LA. [more inside]
Our Christmas Tradition has to change in a significant way this year. Any suggestions on how to make the best of it? [more inside]
Populate my kid's Amazon wishlist: what are some great, sure-to-be-loved games/ toys/ objects/ clothes/ accessories that I can suggest for gifting to a preschool-aged child? [more inside]
Are you a member of a religion that doesn't celebrate Christmas? (I'm not looking at you, atheist with a christmas tree.) Do most of your friends celebrate christmas? Do you send out holiday/christmas/seasons greetings cards?? Alternatively, do you celebrate christmas and have friends who don't celebrate because they subscribe to another religion/culture? [more inside]
Christmas turkey stuffing recipes anyone? [more inside]
I have a bright, funny 12-year-old niece who is in love with two things: One Direction and meteorology. I'd rather buy her something related to meteorology than Harry Styyyyyyles!!!!!!, but I'm having trouble coming up with a good idea of what to get her. Help! [more inside]
Need advice about buying a Christmas tree [more inside]
What makes Christmas music sound like Christmas music? [more inside]
Depressing holiday songs? [more inside]
How to relax a Christmas tree. It has been unwrapped now for two days and the limbs aren't relaxing much into a tree shape. It looks like it is preparing for re-entry rather than lights and decorations. What do we do? [more inside]
I am looking for gift ideas for a Pollyanna gift exchange. The theme for the gift is "Royalty". The rules of the exchange allow various forms of trading so it doesn't have to be a gift targeted to any specific type of individual, just fit the theme. The participants are adults. Price range would be $25-$50.
Can anyone tell me where I could find a copy (legit or not) of the 1974 TV movie "The Little Match Girl" (IMDB info here) that starred Lynsey Baxter. It was a great, particularly dark version, and I'd like to show it to my family this holiday. Any leads appreciated. It was originally produced by a TV station in Cincinnatti. I am not interested in any other version than this one. Thanks!
Little help with Christmas proposal ideas? [more inside]
I'd like to buy my girlfriend a pretty, cheap, digital watch for xmas. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
Help me think of the saddest, most heart-rending Christmas-themed movies and/or TV series Very Special Episodes. Not just heartwarming or awww-eliciting, but stuff that will absolutely break your heart and have you bawling like a newborn baby. There's It's a Wonderful Life, of course, but what others would you list?
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]
Is it possible for a songwriter or musican to entirely live off the proceeds of a Christmas single? Is it enough to live comfortably off years after release? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a fashion related charity? [more inside]
How do I become better at buying presents? I procrastinate every xmas because I can't decide what to buy people, the biggest obstacle, I worry the recipient won't like it. Need a breakthrough, what's your super gift-buying workflow? [more inside]
A friend of mine is really struggling with Lyme disease. What's a good idea for a Christmas gift? [more inside]
Looking for a specific childrens Christmas book. [more inside]