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Christmas pudding tips!

Just received a pudding mold, anything I should keep in mind about using it? I've heard one should make an Xmas pudding months in advance - do I start now? Other questions as well! [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Sep 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Warm-weather Christmas vacation ideas for the family with special needs?

I'd like some ideas for warm-weather Christmas vacations for a family with special needs. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Sep 8, 2014 - 12 answers

two-week solo christmas adventure, 2014

flying solo, two-week christmas adventure, 2014... but where? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on Jul 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me unpack some of my weirdness around giving gifts.

So I love giving gifts and, if I've committed to 'Giving Someone A Gift' instead of just 'Checking off the Box' I tend to put a lot of time and energy into them. However I've noticed that my pleasure in giving gifts is directly tied to how the recipient responds. MeFis, teach me to give unconditionally. [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Jul 11, 2014 - 21 answers

International Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

What is the best city in Western Europe in which to spend Christmas? My spouse and I have decided to spend Christmas and New Year's in Europe! We will be going to Athens for New Year's Eve, but we aren't sure where we should spend Christmas, and the days leading up to it. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jul 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Christmas In July! DIY gifts for family & friends

Due to family tragedy, last Christmas felt more like a never-ending marathon than a fun and meaningful holiday. I resolved that Christmas 2014 would be a more mellow, loving holiday that didn't involve hundreds of dollars flushed down the drain on disposable gifts. What are your ideas for meaningful Christmas gifts for family that take some time to make (or not!), don't cost much and might be actually appreciated and used? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Jul 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Celebrations without breaking the bank

I need help coming up with a vacation place for this year for the week after Christmas that won't break the bank. It's harder that it seems, and so I'm hoping you all can help out. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Feb 26, 2014 - 7 answers

Things to do on Christmas day in San Francisco

So my original Christmas day plans fell through, and I live 5000 miles from most of my family. I do have a brother who recently moved to San Jose, though, and we'd like to spend the day doing something together. We're both wary of bringing each other to friends houses (we're different kinds of people, move in different circles, etc) - so we'd like to try and find something fun and novel that we can go and do, just the 2 of us (though if it were something social in the sense that we may meet a bunch of strangers doing this thing, then that would be cool). Anybody have any ideas? We're also British. I don't know if this information will help you, but hey, there you have it. 2 British guys in San Francisco with no idea what to do on Xmas day. Hive mind, halp!
posted by TheTorns on Dec 24, 2013 - 17 answers

No dogs at Christmas

Despite no one wanting to go there, it seems that we're doing Christmas at my sister's house this year. No one wants to go there because a) she doesn't cook well and b) she has two big, untrained, messy, and annoying dogs. I can handle the crappy food if I don't have to deal with the dogs. How can I get her to keep them in a separate room without getting really pissed at me? [more inside]
posted by firei on Dec 24, 2013 - 43 answers

Tea-of-the-month club recommendations

We're thinking of getting a friend of ours some kind of Tea of the Month club subscription as a (slightly belated) Christmas present. We're not big tea drinkers ourselves; can anyone recommend a particular company to get it from? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Dec 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Christmas craft help - decorating picture frames

Every year my family does a craft project around the Christmas table. This year we're decorating picture frames. I'm supposed to buy the supplies. Except I've never done this before and I don't know what to get. Help. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Xmas potluck for the secular humanists, and fresh out of frankincense.

What would Jesus bring? Just moved, most of my kitchen stuff is still in boxes, but want to bring something homemade. Hosts making "a" salmon, so I assume that means whole and poached or roasted, so I'll bring a nice pinot noir. But what side or dessert or whatnot would work and be easy enough with let's say just a skillet and a pasta pot and a few tools to work with? (I don't have myrrh either.) Help! Thanks!
posted by fivesavagepalms on Dec 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Transporting Christmas Dinner

I want to do a special day after Christmas dinner for myself and my boyfriend. The only thing is, I'll be in a car for 6-7 hours heading back from my parents' before I'll be back at my house. I'm looking for ideas for a festive meal that can be transported in a cooler for that long and will reheat well once I'm home, or be really tasty served cold. [more inside]
posted by PearlRose on Dec 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Christmas Bonus for Building Staff?

How much should I give the staff of my luxury condo building in Brooklyn in Christmas bonuses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Last minute trip to Portland and Seattle!

We just decided to drive from SF to Seattle via Portland for about a week. What are some fun family things to do?  Places to eat?  Places to stay?  Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mamabear on Dec 20, 2013 - 28 answers

Christmas parties shouldn't involve a trip to the grocery store, right?

My boyfriend is having some coworkers over tomorrow night for a little get-together/party thing. This isn't their official christmas party (they had that at work last night), just a few (6-7 or so people) getting together. When asked about what he's doing for food, my boyfriend just assumed they'd all just go to the grocery store to get something, which I personally find pretty... weird. As I'm helping host, I want to provide better noms! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Dec 19, 2013 - 46 answers

Make my parents' Christmas.

I'm a 40 year old man, recently single and spending Christmas with my parents for the first time in two decades. They're excited, help us have a good one. [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Dec 19, 2013 - 17 answers

A last minute Christmas by myself?

For various reasons including pets with no available sitter and a few failed plans, I have my first Christmas Day in NYC by myself. I don't feel particularly sad about this, but it might be weird to wake up in the morning with nothing to do. Fun and meaningful activities? [more inside]
posted by ulfberht on Dec 19, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me with a Spanish Christmas present for my mom VERY FAST!

I need to get a Christmas present for my mom (I KNOW HOW LITTLE TIME THERE IS LEFT, THANK YOU!). I'd really like it to be related to our recent trip to Spain, ideally somehow either to the flamenco dancer Adrian Sanchez or to the Cortylandia display in Madrid. Any ideas welcome! [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Dec 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Need a quick advent activity for tonight!

It's my turn to come up with a surprise advent activity, and I'm running out of steam! Help me find a short, seasonally-appropriate thing to do with my fiance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Christmas presents that support a vegan lifestyle?

My parents, both in their 60s, have recently gone "mostly-vegan" for health reasons. I'd like to get them some Christmas gifts that support this decision (and their overall commitment to more healthy eating). I've already gotten them some kelp noodles (they loved them at a vegan restaurant we went to). Other thoughts about basics/add-ons/general useful and inspiring stuff for a couple of vegan noobies? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Dec 18, 2013 - 18 answers

Christmas Tofurkey?

Vegetarians of MeFi! What are you having for Christmas dinner? I am totally capable with vegetarian dishes in general, but most of them are rather light and don't seem substantial enough to be a Christmas dinner. So what are you having? [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Dec 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Brisbane Christmas Gift Help - Dificulty Level: Antipodes

My brother is going to depart for Brisbane (the one that isn't near San Francisco) to do a postdoc in invertebrate biology about 15 minutes after Christmas and is pretty much taking everything he's going to take as check luggage. While the $100 note has that cool Lyrebird graphic and is easy to pack, it seems somewhat unimaginative. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Dec 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Black and White and Protected By Multilateral Treaty All Over

The #1 item on my eight year-old son's Christmas list is "AN ACTUAL PENGUIN". Please help me creatively accommodate his request without violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Help with gift for Dad

I need help finding a Christmas gift for my dad. I'm looking for: - Something that requires occasional hands on -- a project, but not a full-time project - Something a little science-projecty and geeky, but that does not involve a computer (he's 72 and not terribly computer literate; he does have an iPad, though) - Something that has a definable end result - Something he can attend to while my folks spend three months in their RV this winter - Most likely something plant-related More... [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Where could one find a Jeff Hornacek jersey besides eBay?

I'm trying to grant a Christmas wish for my sweetheart. Shh! Don't tell! [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Dec 16, 2013 - 1 answer

Personal shopper needed for some snowboots in Aisle 7 please

Say you're a hip and adorable lesbian- what snowboots would you buy? I'm trying to buy my partner a pair of snowboots for Xmas and want to find some really cute, stylish ones but am coming up short. We're in the Rockies. I just buy utilitarian boots, so I am bad at this. [more inside]
posted by rabu on Dec 16, 2013 - 17 answers

How do I welcome two teenagers from Kazakhstan?

For Christmas my family is hosting two teenagers (~12 yrs old) from Kazakhstan. They are in town for a hockey tournament, and the place where the team is staying is closing for the nights of the 24th and 25th, so we are taking them on while other families take other members of the team. Help us make them feel welcome while being so far away from home! [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Dec 16, 2013 - 9 answers

What are some good NYC restaurants open Christmas Day?

NYC-ers: Where have you eaten dinner on Christmas Day that's awesome? Caveats: $30/person max, coming from UWS and we have a show in the Hell's Kitchen area (50th and 8th) at 8pm... [more inside]
posted by windbox on Dec 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Version of Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer with 'Callback' Lyrics

I am trying to find a good, actually any version, of Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, with 'callback' or 'kid's addition' lyrics. For example, "They never let poor Rudolph (Rudolph)/ Join in any reindeer games (like Monopoly)". I have searched, unsuccessfully, on iTunes and Google Play, for such a version. Any recommendations? I am sure there are plenty out there but I'm just not finding any.
posted by vac2003 on Dec 15, 2013 - 8 answers

All I want for Christmas is a poem!

We are doing secret Santa exchange at work in which everyday we leave a small gift for the recipient. I want to make all my little gifts tie together using a poem. Halp? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Dec 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Gift ideas for science-minded 11-year-old boy

Another gift-question, but I didn't find anything in the archives that's exactly applicable, so here goes: I'm looking for a Christmas gift for my 11-year-old cousin. He's pretty into science and math, and according to my aunt, already has tons of toys/games/kits. So it seems like she would prefer for him not to get another one of those, but her only other suggestion was to give him "coupons" to play card/board games with me. I'd be happy to do that except frankly I'm not sure he'd actually appreciate it - fwiw we rarely see each other, and I'm ten years older and female. I'm thinking a good book might be nice, but I don't know exactly what he's already read and liked, other than the typical series like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Diary of a Wimpy Kid etc. Any suggestions - either lesser-known books or other options I might not have thought of? My max price range is probably $25-30 but I can be a little flexible.
posted by st elmo's fire on Dec 15, 2013 - 20 answers

Lego Power Functions - Trying to stay sane!

Has anyone found a reliable source for Lego Technic Power Functions builds? [more inside]
posted by jeffmac on Dec 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Andalusian Activities?

My family and I will soon be embarking on a trip to Spain. We'll be in Seville the 19th-27th, Cordoba for a couple of days after that, and Granada until January 2nd. What's cool stuff to do in these places (we've already got Alhambra tickets), or very nearby? Is there anything associated with the current winter festivities to do? Any good restaurant recommendations?
posted by Maecenas on Dec 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Knock-out nut roast

We're having a vegetarian Christmas. I love a good nut roast. There's only going to be three of us, and no one to freak out over vegetarian clichés. So I'm looking for a scene stealing nut roast recipe to be the main attraction. [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo on Dec 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Christmas in NYC

I'm visitng NYC for the next couple days and would like to pack in some quintessential Christmastime in New York City activities. ! [more inside]
posted by gardenbex on Dec 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Me and You and That Guy

I can't stand my sister's boyfriend. He's coming for Christmas. They're inseparable. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2013 - 47 answers

A non-white Christmas?

Are there Christmas/holiday films or TV specials that star non-white protagonists? I was watching a holiday ad for The Criterion Collection on Hulu and was nonplussed at how white the casts are for all the classic holiday films. I mean, I have a soft spot for Home Alone as a child of the Chicago suburbs, but I'd love to show nieces and nephews and cousins more than whitebread suburban holiday cheer. Are there Christmas films featuring people of color (foreign or American) you would recommend? And if foreign, hopefully subtitled? I can poke around for Korean films, but am otherwise linguistically stuck with the English language.
posted by spamandkimchi on Dec 13, 2013 - 23 answers

Surprise ball for a teenager?

What kinds of smallish or flat things can I wrap into a surprise ball that teenagers would like? [more inside]
posted by hellochula on Dec 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Superman toys for a four-year-old

Ayo- My four-year-old niece thinks Superman is pretty bitchin', and I'm thinking about maybe getting her Superman-related toys for Xmas. Are there any good Superman toys for someone her age that might be educational? Failing Educational, what about Superman toys that are just rad beyond belief?
posted by Greg Nog on Dec 11, 2013 - 11 answers

Christmas instrumental music

What's your favorite Christmas instrumental, classical-sounding music? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Dec 11, 2013 - 28 answers

What are considered the DEFINITIVE versions of popular Christmas songs?

So, after decades of basically ignoring them, I'm finally getting into the spirit of enjoying classic Christmas songs. But I don't know much about them. I know many of them have been covered literally hundreds of times. As a starting point, I'd like to better understand which versions of popular Christmas songs have been MOST popular over time. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Dec 11, 2013 - 45 answers

NYC Photo Card Printing ASAP

Where in NYC can I order a printing of 250 photo cards with the quickest turnaround? I'm talking like 24-48 hours. Can pay $$$. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Dec 10, 2013 - 5 answers

2013 gift guide guide

I really like holiday gift guides, which combine the illusion of thoughtful shopping with the ruthless efficiency of the internet. It's easy to find guides from popular websites and publications, but surely there are more and weirder out there on the web. What is your favorite 2013 gift guide? What are the most interesting gift guides from blogs and niche publications? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Dec 10, 2013 - 9 answers

need suggestions for fun gifts for my mom to play with Christmas morning

I'm looking for a fun gift for my mom, specifically one that she'd be excited to play with on Christmas morning. You know how when you were a kid there was always that one present you couldn't WAIT to play with? That's what I'm looking for. My mom is 52, likes puzzles and games (we were a big board game family growing up), is not tech-savvy at all but does have a Nintendo DS. I'll probably get a game or two for her but I'm wondering if anyone has any other neat suggestions. [more inside]
posted by librarianjess on Dec 10, 2013 - 17 answers

More like Minecraft & KSP

What should I get for my 12 year old boy who loves Minecraft and KSP? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Dec 10, 2013 - 19 answers

This is New Jersey... there are bound to be tacky Christmas lights.

A friend and I live in Newark and Kearny, NJ, respectively, and go to school in Madison. We're both dating Brits who are captivated by the (relatively mundane) Christmas lights displays we've seen just driving around so far. Where's somewhere nearby we can go where we can show them ridiculously tacky Christmas lights, ideally set to music or something equally ridiculous? I've found mention of a house in Morristown online but was wondering if there was anything else, or any neighborhoods that tend to all go all out.
posted by naturalog on Dec 4, 2013 - 5 answers

What kind of Lionel train set should we get? (Caveat: no kids, 2 cats)

My husband, who grew up with Lionel trains, would like to get a new set for the holidays. We have a 1 bedroom apartment, so we're not doing an entire set up. We have no kids, so it doesn't have to be Thomas, but I'm at a loss between O-Gauge and G-Gauge and all the different options! Does anyone have advice? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Boston at Christmastime

What are Christmas-y things to do in Boston during the month of December? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Dec 3, 2013 - 15 answers

Her Husband Already Got her Twin Peaks

So I need help with Christmas shopping for my awesome sister. I got her hooked on Battlestar Galactica when pregnant with Baby #1 I got her hooked on Doctor Who when pregnant with Baby #2 I got her hooked on The State Within last Christmas I need a new DVD series to get her started on with Baby #3 and Christmas. [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Dec 2, 2013 - 41 answers

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