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 -
It's been a long, drawn out, time consuming battle, but finally, after 2.5 years, we're closing in on the finish line. All but one party has agreed to a final offer, and it looks like a settlement is almost certain. I am pleased to say that I have had an excellent working relationship with my attorney and credit us both equally for a significant accomplishment. Here's a question for the attorneys out there. How would you like to be thanked by a client? I've already given my attorney a bottle of tequila for hard work on one of two gigantic briefs. Then I just lost another bottle on a stupid bet I wagered on whether one of the parties to the settlement would agree to the mediator's amount. The big moment we've been waiting for is fast approaching. What to do to celebrate? Recommendations?
posted by zagyzebra
on Apr 25, 2013 -
Any ideas for ways to celebrate New Year's eve in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, or Philadelphia, PA area? Willing to travel further, but not interested in NY. Must have a location/event that is hotel accessible.
posted by Coffee Bean
on Nov 27, 2012 -
Our ninth wedding anniversary is this Thursday (4th October) and unless he's planning a surprise without telling me, we have made no preparations. Can anyone suggest something we can do to celebrate? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi
on Oct 2, 2012 -
Can you recommend a great place for lunch after a courthouse wedding in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 31, 2012 -
What is the best sparkling wine or champagne under 20 dollars? Also, I need help with a last-minute New Year's celebration. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild
on Dec 30, 2011 -
I want to create new family food traditions for the holidays. What are some of your favorite recipes that only get made around this time of year? Due to a new Celiac diagnosis this year, I need to expand my repertoire (and we're bored). [more inside]
posted by kinetic
on Dec 6, 2011 -
Boyfriend changing his last name legally. What are some gifts I could get him to celebrate the change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 19, 2011 -
What should a lone traveler do to celebrate Christmas in a strange city? (in this case, Christchurch, New Zealand?) [more inside]
posted by fermion
on Dec 23, 2010 -
Is there any particularly Russian shout of celebration? Like "hooray!" or "hurrah!", but more Russian?
posted by Artw
on Nov 12, 2010 -
Looking for fun, chill lounges/bars (with lots of single guys) in NYC to celebrate my 21st! Also, ID issues! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 8, 2010 -
It's my 34th birthday next Sunday, and my boyfriend and I will be in a city where I don't know anyone. What are some things we can do to make it an enjoyable, special, memorable day?
posted by Hot buttered sockpuppets
on Aug 22, 2010 -
Is it worth spending an extra fortnight in Boston - just to see the Independence Day celebrations? And what is there to do in New England/the East coast that doesn't cost a fortune? Longcat question inside. [more inside]
posted by selvaria
on Jun 24, 2010 -
My wife and I have been invited to a friend's home for a housewarming / Passover celebration.
As Christians, we don't know what to expect. Difficulty: we would also like to bring a thank-you / housewarming gift. [more inside]
posted by Drasher
on Mar 24, 2010 -
How can my wife and I celebrate good things and not undermine the things we are working for? (i.e. no dining out, no purchases, no travels?) [more inside]
posted by arniec
on Dec 21, 2009 -
About eight years ago, I read this article on some radical-leaning progressive website, about how the author had come to love Thanksgiving, despite originally viewing it as a celebration of mass murder. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Nov 26, 2009 -
How can I find out what sort of New Year's Eve events and festivities were held on December 31, 1899? I'm specifically interested in London, but other places would help too. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky
on Oct 21, 2009 -
I try to throw thematic parties once a month (budget: cheap) and was wondering what the best thematic party you've been to was, or what thematic party idea would be one you'd love to go to. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer
on Aug 14, 2009 -
How common has it been in US history for a Presidential election to prompt celebrations in the streets across the country? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark
on Nov 6, 2008 -
Please help me find a good desktop background image, with which to celebrate the election of Barack Obama as 44th president of the USA. Right now I've got this one
up, but Barack's head is all down in the corner and it's hard to appreciate.
posted by bookish
on Nov 5, 2008 -
Three Democrats from Seattle have found themselves in a hotel across from the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on election night. Where can we go in public to enjoy Obama's impending victory (or be consoled over his devastating loss) without fear of Red State hate?
posted by ryanhealy
on Nov 4, 2008 -
My boyfriend is advancing to PhD candidacy today, and will be giving a talk to his committee and all that jazz. He's been a stress case about this for weeks, understandably, and I'd like to do something nice for him to celebrate. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by booknerd
on May 20, 2008 -
LocalInterestFilter...for the last 20 minutes, there's been a lot of excited yelling and car-horn-honking in downtown Vancouver (Canada) What's everyone so excited about? The news tells me nothing...Are they Kosovans, psyched about independence? Did we just win something? Should I be yelling too?
posted by Ziggurat
on Feb 17, 2008 -
I want to go to someplace cool and exciting with my friends for New Years.. I live in the LA area (Santa Monica) and would like to stay within 15 miles of the city. I'm fairly new to the area--having just moved here this summer--but still know a bit. I'm 22 so I still have the energy.
posted by evanm
on Dec 19, 2007 -
NYC Location for Hip Young Woman's Celebration Needed! Help me find the perfect place! [more inside]
posted by citystalk
on Nov 18, 2007 -
Is this week a religious holiday, or other special time, in Dominican-American culture? (I'm not finding anything by googling, but I might not know how to look.)
posted by sparrows
on Aug 7, 2007 -
Help me find family-friendly winter holiday festivals and celebrations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to be held this year (2007-2008)-- especially non-Christian celebrations like those celebrating Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or just winter itself. Or specific cultural celebrations that would offer something beyond the usual Xmas/Santa stuff. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin
on Aug 6, 2007 -
I occasionally read about people buying rounds of drinks for a bar on the death of some hated public figure. I’m interested in doing something similar for a public figure in particular, but I may well be not flush with cash when it happens, so I'd like to do the legwork for it in advance. [more inside]
posted by Aidan Kehoe
on Jun 26, 2007 -
What should my mom do to celebrate her 50th birthday? (Please read the more inside.) [more inside]
posted by ztdavis
on Mar 18, 2007 -
Anti-holiday ideas for Superbowl weekend and Valentine's Day? The V-day ideas can be for just-broken-up individuals, best friends, anything non-loverish or for people who simply want to forgo the dozen reds and box of chocolates (unless they're very, very different chocolates) for something less tradish. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin
on Jan 24, 2007 -
I need a birthday cake for Friday (Sat morning at the latest). Doesn't have to be anything exciting, just something that can feed about 20 people, and says 'Happy Birthday' on it.
I live in London - where on earth would I go to get such a thing? I guess I could try large supermarkets, but there aren't many in central London, and it would be nice to get something 'handmade', by a decent bakery. All suggestions gratefully recieved!
posted by ascullion
on Oct 18, 2006 -
My Boss' boss came by my cube with an
'assignment'. My boss (who I like) becomes a naturalized citizen
tomorrow, and, conveniently enough, will be out of the office for most
of the afternoon. My assignment is to come up with some way to
'defile' his office (in the tradition of cube defilement that takes
place among our engineering team when someone goes away for any length
of time...) that celebrates his becoming a us-ian.
posted by jimfl
on Jul 12, 2006 -
I have a very good friend and colleague and our organization is surprising her for her 60th birthday this Friday at a supposed TGIF. She's a Chinese American and very proud of her roots, so I'd like to get her something special or do something because of this. She celebrates all of the traditional Chinese holidays and still speaks the language with her family members. I being Anglo as they come, don't have any good ideas or much time left, so any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks!
posted by thebarron
on Oct 12, 2005 -