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How to spend Christmas alone and broke?

This will be the first Christmas in my life where I'm alone - no significant other or family. While I've never thought of myself as much of a holiday person, the idea is beginning to weigh on me and I'm looking for suggestions as how to spend the day (and days leading up to it) in a happy manner. Extra challenge: I'm quite extremely broke. [more inside]
posted by item on Dec 19, 2014 - 47 answers

Wrapper's Delight

Inspired by this thread, I'd like to go all out wrapping Christmas gifts for my wife this year. What ideas, concepts, methods, etc. have you used in the past, or seen online that are sure to impress? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Dec 10, 2014 - 24 answers

how do you secure a christmas lawn ornament to the ground?

How do you secure a Christmas lawn ornament to the ground? I'm talking about the plastic 40 inch high decorations, like the Santa Clauses, and Mrs. Clauses and snowmen. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Does Santa have a ZIP code?

I seem to remember that it used to be a thing that your kid could send their letters to Santa to a particular address and they'd get a nice reply from "Santa." Now that I'm old enough to have a kid of my own who wants to send a letter to Santa, I'm not sure where to send the thing. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 19, 2014 - 13 answers

It's that time of year again...holiday gifting for a difficult partner

I know there are hundreds of these, but none that address my rather geeky, very special seattle snowflake of a boyfriend. Details below. [more inside]
posted by zinful on Nov 11, 2014 - 9 answers

I need to turn a phrase into a fabulous, resplendent holiday party

I just became the person to put together a 125 person holiday party (I have the caterer, location and liquor confirmed as of today) for our top-level donors. How do I execute on the phrase "looking forward towards the future" which is the somewhat vague theme that I was given from my boss to make the decorations, theme, etc, come together in one beautiful swoop? We're hiring a designer to do decorations but I am supposed to come up with what I want first to give this person direction. Our budget is reasonable but not extravagant. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Oct 20, 2014 - 8 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suggest fun, weird movies for Christmas watching?

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]
posted by Grandysaur on Dec 20, 2012 - 39 answers

How to keep the kids busy and me sane on Christmas

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]
posted by rebeccabeagle on Dec 19, 2012 - 10 answers

The Lazy Gift Giver

This is a question about giving gift cards at a work Christmas get together. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Dec 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Fun, light hearted holiday music for all.

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?
posted by rooster416 on Dec 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Need a magic little Holiday spot in LA!

Looking for a little Holiday magic before a dinner date tomorrow in LA. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Dec 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Grar

Depressing holiday songs? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Dec 8, 2012 - 76 answers

looking for 1974 tv movie version of Little Match Girl starring Lynsey Baxter

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!
posted by cmp4Meta on Dec 8, 2012 - 6 answers

For it is in giving that we receive

What are some workplace holiday gift ideas for my two hip, cultured, smart, (and imo underpaid) mid-20s employees? They're full-time employees and I work with them very closely. I want to get them really great gifts that aren't wildly impersonal and aren't for the workplace, in the $75-100 range and not food- or drink-related. All I can think of is spa gift cards. Surely there are better ideas, right?
posted by firstbest on Dec 2, 2012 - 31 answers

Where can we get a corner Christmas tree?

Help me find a quarter/corner Christmas tree. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Nov 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Yuletide Traditions for the Newly Married

Help a couple of newlyweds start their own Christmas traditions. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Nov 12, 2012 - 31 answers

Holiday Project Time!

Hello crafty-folks! It's 2012 & once again I have realized that I have not learned to knit in time to give everyone handmade scarves for the holidays. So what new awesome projects can you suggest for holiday gift-giving? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Nov 7, 2012 - 17 answers

santa baby

Please share your non-traditional Christmas/winter holiday traditions. [more inside]
posted by socks are for puppets on Oct 2, 2012 - 18 answers

Quote, Poem, Song Lyrics, or other text for holiday card

I am designing my own holiday cards, with pictures of my family on the front. They are awesome looking so far, and I am really excited. A blank space on the back of the card is what I'm trying to fill; a 5" wide area, about 4-5 lines in 10-12 pt font. [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3 on Sep 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Help us pick a vacation/honeymoon destination for the Christmas Holiday.

Help my wife and I pick a vacation/honeymoon destination for the Christmas Holiday. [more inside]
posted by Ergolad on Jul 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Holiday viewing to distract and entertain

What are some awesome movies that just happen to be set around Christmas? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Dec 21, 2011 - 67 answers

Radio Ho Ho Ho

Next Saturday, I've got three hours of radio time to do whatever I want, as long as it's holiday related - it's my holiday special! Please help me put together an awesome playlist. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 17, 2011 - 32 answers

Phone or Web app to track sending/receiving of holiday cards?

Is there either a Web site or an app for iPhone or iPad that allows you to track the sending and receiving of holiday cards? (If not, there should be!) I see apps that allow you to send e-cards, but I'm sending paper cards. I would love to be able to open my mail, phone in hand, and just type into the phone that I received cards from X, Y and Z so I know to send them cards as well. Not finding anything. I've done this on paper for years, but it seems like someone should have made an electronic easy version by now.
posted by GaelFC on Dec 13, 2011 - 7 answers

please hope me not turn into scrooge ...

How do you deal with profound loneliness during the holiday season? [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising on Dec 10, 2011 - 22 answers

Why no recent Christmas music?

Why is almost all Christmas/holiday music from over 50 years ago? [more inside]
posted by Nikolai on Dec 9, 2011 - 55 answers

What's the best holiday movie on Netflix Instant?

What are the best Christmas/holiday programs available on streaming video? I'm especially thinking Netflix, but things available on Hulu, Amazon, etc. are also welcome! [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Nov 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Really great subscription/gift food that's either Canada-based, or delivers to Canada?

For Christmas this year I would love to give my family food-of-the-month type gifts from places like Murrays and Zingermans, but those places don't deliver to Canada, where most of my family members live. Can you recommend really great subscription/gift food that's either Canada-based, or delivers to Canada? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Nov 25, 2011 - 12 answers

What fictional holidays can we celebrate this year?

What are your favorite fictional holidays? This winter, my partner and I want to celebrate as many Christmas-like made-up holidays as possible. Our list includes Hogswatch (Discworld), Winter Veil (World of Warcraft), Crimbo (from Kingdom of Loathing), Festivus (which is increasingly less fictional), Life Day (from the Star Wars Christmas Special), and the Ice Festival (from Maria V. Snyder's fantasy books). Are there any more that we can add to our calendar?
posted by Tesseractive on Nov 23, 2011 - 27 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

(Giant Mess of) Christmas cookie baking best practices?

Each year we bake up a number of Christmas cookies to give to family, friends, service professionals we are grateful for, etc. Each year the list expands. This year we have vowed to get organized, make dough in advance, improve our packaging and presentation so that recipients don't get a box of crumbs, etc. What are your best practices? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy on Nov 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Ideas for a short winter break for two?

Long time, first time. Looking for travel ideas: want to take the kid (23) for a treat-holiday over Christmas break. Specs include a short-ish flight out of NY, cold weather, shopping and museums, coffee and cocktails, not too terribly expensive, two female travelers, maybe 5 days. [more inside]
posted by henry scobie on Aug 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Lovely Weather for Whiskey Shots Together With You

I live in Chicago. I would like to spend Christmas in a bar. What bars are going to be open on Christmas? What bars would be likely to be open on Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Dec 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me round out the Christmas offerings.

LastMinuteGiftFilter: Looking for a subscription or experience gift for my boyfriend, ~$40, NOT a magazine. [more inside]
posted by arianell on Dec 20, 2010 - 14 answers

To gift or not to gift?

Etiquette filter: Found out my boss at my new job gives members of her team fairly generous holiday gifts. Is it appropriate for me to reciprocate with a smaller token of appreciation, or will that seem suck-uppy? [more inside]
posted by superfluousm on Dec 8, 2010 - 20 answers

French-language holiday music recommendations?

Can you recommend any fun and/or jazzy French-language holiday music? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Dec 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Merry GIFmas

Where can I find collections of serious and humorous gifs for download? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Nov 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Hope You Have a Happy Thanksgiving Even Though You'll Be Eating That Whole Turkey By Yourself

How can we cheer up someone who will be alone for the holidays, without actually inviting them to a party or something? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Nov 20, 2010 - 21 answers

Practical but wonderful gifts?

'Tis the season, yet again. Please recommend some lovely holiday gifts I can give that are useful, not wasteful. Picky specifics inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 - 25 answers

Destinations for christmas time winter sun holiday on a budget?

Destinations for christmas time winter sun holiday on a budget? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 6, 2010 - 8 answers

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