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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

Amtrak - Xmas travel from NYC to DC with infant and luggage

Questions on Christmas Amtrak travel from NYC to D.C (how busy and what's the deal with luggage?) for a small family who has never traveled Amtrak before. [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Dec 2, 2013 - 15 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

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

Help me buy clothes for someone who hates clothes.

Should I get my brother clothes for Christmas? Good gift ideas for an ABD? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Dec 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Fun for the whole family, Christmas edition.

Gift-filter: What are your best gift ideas for a family of 5 adults? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Nov 29, 2012 - 14 answers

How to cope with the holiday blues?

My little family doesn't care for Christmas like they used to, among other things. How can I avoid or learn to cope with the holiday blues this year? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Nov 29, 2012 - 39 answers

Christmas Wish List Headache

[Xmas gift filter] My mother wants to know what I want for Xmas. I am out of ideas - and there are a few issues regarding shopping & shipping. [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Nov 28, 2012 - 25 answers

Merry Christmas to you, you, you, you, but not you

Please hope me. Christmas is important to my mother, but it over the last few years it has turned into something that she can’t stand. It has gotten to the point that she doesn’t even want to have the Traditional Family Christmas at their house anymore. She loves Christmas and this is breaking her heart. Our family needs the help of Metafilter. This is anonymous because there’s enough drama already. Christmassy flurries within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2012 - 41 answers

Looking for a cottage rental around Ottawa, but don't know where to look

I'm looking at renting a cottage around Ottawa from just before Christmas to just before New Year's Day--Dec 22-29, give or take a day. I don't know the area at all, and haven't the faintest idea where to start. Help? [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Nov 6, 2012 - 3 answers

I know it's the right thing to do. Why don't they?

How do I handle the reaction of my family and (people I thought of as) close friends to the news of my divorce? Lots of special snowflakes ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 - 27 answers

Best Christmas gifts for nearly impoverished older family members in New Mexico?

Best Christmas gifts for nearly impoverished older family members (location: northern New Mexico). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Please help me plan a (grown-up) family vacation for this Xmas in New England

Please help me plan a (grown-up) family vacation for this Xmas in the New England area (Connecticut and north, probably?). This "Winter fun for the Non-Skier" list is a good start, but I don't really know how to put something together into a reasonable itinerary. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Dec 5, 2011 - 5 answers

$3 christmas!

Tell me your best gift ideas for under $3! [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Nov 28, 2011 - 43 answers

How did your parents make Santa real for you?

How did your parents make Santa Claus real for you? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Nov 21, 2011 - 53 answers

I want my own traditions too, FFS!

This has been bothering me for a few years. I'm really sad, and a bit angry, that I don't have my own traditions. What I mean, is that I have no reason to do anything since the "grown-ups" already do everything. I don't know if I can take it much longer. [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight on Nov 8, 2011 - 68 answers

Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together.

How can you "fake it" or "power through it" or "put on a brave face" to make the holidays as normal as possible, when other people depend on it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 26 answers

Help me quell my irrational response to someone's pity

How to handle unwanted pity and an irrational perceived slight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 - 40 answers

No lumps of coal

Suggestions for non-partisan charities that I can tell my siblings to donate to in lieu of a a Christmas present and advice on telling them I'll be doing the same for their presents? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 27, 2011 - 36 answers

Christmas for the introvert

How do I deal with multiple large family Christmas gatherings as an extreme introvert with some sensory thing about large groups of people, loud noises and too much happening? Complicating factors are as follows. [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism on Dec 28, 2010 - 34 answers

Should I just drink more?

Is it reasonable that I want my husband's family to know about his unemployment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Gift ideas for my boyfriend’s dad?

Help me pick a great gift for my boyfriend’s dad. I’m spending Christmas Day with my partner’s family. They do a Kris Kringle for the adults, and I’ve drawn my partner’s father. I’ve only met him twice (the dad, not my partner). He seems lovely but I have absolutely no idea what to get him. I’ve asked my boyfriend of course, but he is not exactly brimming with ideas. Help! [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Dec 1, 2010 - 20 answers

Mini Christmas?

How to have a smaller-than-average Christmas? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Nov 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Santa would've brought gifts if given enough warning!

My family decided in November on not buying Christmas gifts this year as we are all adults and have what we need anyway. I get paid once a month and right now am living cheque to cheque. So I spent the money I had saved up on extra credit payments. Now they've changed their minds and all want gifts. I have 25 dollars to last me til the 30th. How do I get through this holiday without being as bitter as I am now? And not feel like a loser for no one having a gift? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese on Dec 12, 2009 - 27 answers

"But the wind goes right through you/It's no place for the old"

Christmas dinner in Toronto - need some crazy recommendations for something out of the ordinary. [more inside]
posted by rmm on Dec 8, 2009 - 3 answers

Flesh not an option

Help me have the most awesome themed gift this Christmas! A pound of _______ [more inside]
posted by Rallon on Dec 7, 2009 - 31 answers

Family Christmas

Christmas with parents or with friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2009 - 16 answers

How to handle Christmas stay envy?

What's the best way to stand up to my mother about Christmas and to handle her jealousy about our better relationship with my partner's parents? She's determined to make the holiday season into a zero sum game with my partner's mother [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft on Nov 22, 2009 - 42 answers

I can't afford my family's Christmas expectations, how to handle this appropriately?

My husband lost his job, we're not sure how we're going to pay the rent in January, and my family is being assholes about Christmas gifts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2009 - 64 answers

Help us forge new holiday traditions!

What are some traditions that we can incorporate into our first Christmas solstice together? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Nov 3, 2009 - 21 answers

Is it okay to lie to your parents to avoid seeing them on the holidays?

How can I handle my feelings for my parents during this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin on Nov 1, 2009 - 32 answers

Help me enjoy my family this christmas!

What techniques can you use to avoid falling into the family dynamic trap? By that I mean, for the first few hours/days everything's fine with parents and siblings, my identity is intact, but soon after, somehow, we're all playing the same parts we always played (we've all flown the nest)... I find it annoying how I find it difficult to rise above this. ie. feeling intimidated by my older brother, oddly belittled by my younger brother ignored by parents. I'm sure I'm a rather oversensitive middle child but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only factor! This year I am determined to enjoy my Christmas without the family dynamics crap. We're all old enough for this not to be a problem, surely? Futile perhaps, but maybe with your rather general advice I may be able to make inroads!
posted by yowza on Dec 21, 2008 - 33 answers

How do I celebrate a Messianic Hanukkah, while my family celebrates Xmas?

How do I celebrate my first Messianic Hanukkah? No one else in my family is Jewish, and they're trying to "make me" celebrate Xmas. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Dec 15, 2008 - 46 answers

What's cool in England this year?

Christmasgiftfilter: I am in England. I'm looking for suggestions for little gifts to take to the American family. Or generic gift suggestion lists. [more inside]
posted by K.P. on Dec 11, 2008 - 37 answers

A is for Apples to Apples, J is for Jelly Bellies...

Looking for a $15-25 white elephant gift that starts with the letter D [more inside]
posted by Rallon on Dec 9, 2008 - 25 answers

How do we deal with an abusive brother-in-law after my sister decides to take him back?

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]
posted by csimpkins on Nov 26, 2008 - 54 answers

Mom loves Christmas, but the whole family can't afford it this year...

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2008 - 16 answers

Where can my family go to have a sandy, sunny, inexpensive Christmas?

Where's a warm, sunny, beach-y, relatively inexpensive place for my family to visit over Christmas? [more inside]
posted by timoni on Sep 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Where to spend Christmas near to, but not smothered by, family?

Where to stay for Christmas? I need snow, a central lodge, separate rooms or outlying cabins (ideally with kitchenettes), and a charming village, in the US or Canada. [more inside]
posted by Capri on Mar 3, 2008 - 12 answers

bah humbug

My family members decided to suddenly start celebrating Christmas this year. I feel weird about it. Help me deal with these changes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2007 - 27 answers

I screwed up; how to minimize the family drama at Christmas?

I missed my two brothers-in-laws' birthdays, and one of my sisters is mad at me. I'll see everyone at Christmas. Help me make things right and prevent family drama. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2007 - 24 answers

An interesting gift for Random Young Bachelor?

Looking for gift ideas for A Single Guy, with essentially no other information. What to get my dad's wife's son for the gift exchange? [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Dec 21, 2007 - 30 answers

If there's drinking, crying and cops, well, then it must be Christmas

Should I go home for Christmas? (Warning: long family financial drama inside). [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle on Dec 16, 2007 - 16 answers

Advice on how to get through the holiday season without losing my mind and my temper?

What are your tips on surviving holiday family dysfunction? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow on Nov 21, 2007 - 45 answers

How do my wife and I solve the Christmas family dilemma?

RelationshipFilter: How do my wife and I solve the Christmas family dilemma? Specifically, I'm looking for advice and suggestions on how we decide which family to visit each year. Of course, it's more complicated than that... [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Apr 30, 2007 - 29 answers

Hotel instead of parents house for the holidays?

Hotel/Home for the Holidays? My girlfriend and I are facing a major dilemma in visiting her home town for Christmas: Stay at her parents house or stay in a hotel. Any advice or past experiences would be most appreciated. Much much [more inside]
posted by travis vocino on Dec 7, 2006 - 44 answers

What are good cheap gifts for kids this year?

I've got too many nieces and nephews to buy christmas gifts for this year and not enough money. Please, oh great and wise collective hive mind of the metafilter abyss, grant me some wisdom as to some great cheap gifts. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid on Oct 19, 2006 - 31 answers

Giving the gift of dogma.

Fundy-In-Law-Filter: My husband's sister and her husband are hard-core evangelical fundamentalists. We are liberal Episcopalians. This causes a problem every Christmas. What do you say when you get a gift that was clearly meant to make a point? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Dec 27, 2005 - 84 answers

Can you name a reasonable price for a late wedding ring?

Can you name a reasonable price for a late wedding ring? Family Drama Inside! Come Look! --> [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2005 - 39 answers

Accessible minty appetizers

Every year at Christmas, my husband's family has a cooking contest. I don't expect to win, because Grandma is generally a lock. However, I'm a good sport and generally try to make a respectable showing. This year's theme is "appetizers with mint in them," and I am looking for tasty recipes. There's a catch though... [more inside]
posted by jennyb on Nov 25, 2005 - 18 answers

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