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Manhattan on 12/26?

We're thinking about making a quick visit to Manhattan the day after visiting my family in the Hudson Valley for Christmas. Is this a bad idea? If we decide to do it, what (other than the Midtown Xmas dept store display / Rockefeller Center sights, which I know about) would be good activities, including cheap but yummy lunch options, we might not have thought of. For reference, we visit NY a couple times a year, have done so by both train and car, just not usually at the holidays.
posted by aught on Dec 12, 2014 - 9 answers

How to feel the holidays?

How does a happily married couple with no children and tenuous family ties enjoy the holidays? My husband and I have been married for 10 years, and we are happy with each other. It's everyone else we struggle with. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Nov 15, 2014 - 24 answers

How do I deal with this morass of feelings re: holidays, travel, family

I am the only one that moved away from my extended family. I'm dealing with some built up anger/stress about always being responsible for going "home" to see my family. How did you stop feeling guilty, obligated, or responsible for visiting? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Oct 29, 2014 - 36 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 - 22 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

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

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

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

Is there a way to approach unequal staff Christmas presents at my workplace that will not come off as me being jackassy?

Is there a way to approach unequal staff Christmas presents at my workplace that will not come off as me being jackassy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2013 - 50 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

Bah! Humbug!

Which film versions of "A Christmas Carol" or "Scrooge" should I absolutely watch in the next few days. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Dec 19, 2012 - 23 answers

Should people who don't celebrate xmas still send out holiday cards?

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]
posted by Kololo on Dec 10, 2012 - 46 answers

What's on the menu: Christmas Edition

What should we make for Christmas Dinner and possibly establish as a new family tradition? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Dec 2, 2012 - 36 answers

Not home alone.

My mother and grandmother are finally coming to me for Christmas. I’m in NYC. Hooray! How do I make it a stress-free yet iconic and fun New York Christmas? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Nov 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Best org for angel tree?

Best organization in NYC in which to participate in an angel tree kind of thing? I'm nannying a 8, almost 9 year old boy and he has expressed interest in buying something for a boy his age in need for the holidays. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Where can we take a winter vacation in the Pacific Northwest?

My girlfriend and I live in Portland, Oregon. We'd like to take a week-long vacation over Christmas, and are looking for somewhere to visit in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, BC, or western Montana. We're looking for someplace romantic-ish where we can be active and adventurous, but also curl up together to read. The rub? We'd prefer it weren't too crowded. We're willing to spend up to $150/night, though we'd prefer to pay $120 or less. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Oct 28, 2012 - 21 answers

"Kringle was on top of the world, but then it all came crashing down..."

Can you recommend any good, relatively clean, satirical "true story"/"Biography"-type humor writings, videos, skits, etc about Santa, and/or perhaps other Christmas characters like Rudolph or Frosty? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Dec 22, 2011 - 11 answers

A Very Soy Christmas

Christmas Eve, New York City, vegetarian dining. [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on Dec 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Do they even SELL artificial pine garlands anymore?

Where can I buy classy holiday decorations in NYC/Brooklyn that aren't inanely expensive? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Dec 7, 2011 - 8 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

It's Christmas time in the city!

Help us pack Thanksgiving and Christmas with every New York holiday tradition there is. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Oct 29, 2011 - 17 answers

Travel in northern europe during Christmas?

Travel in northern europe over Christmas: insane, or eminently reasonable with minor hiccups? [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Aug 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Christmas (drama) in July!

Is there a way to tactfully ask my mother to host Christmas this year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2011 - 14 answers

MUST HAVE WHISTLE POPS!

What's a holiday party without WHISTLE POPs!??!! Are these the dinosaurs of great candies? Are they available in no small corner of the earth? Please say it ain't so! I've Googled these fun treats till exhausted so many times and they seem to have truly been discontinued. (frowny face). I've found a couple of singles on eBAY but that's not gonna do it. I need the old 48 count boxes. Please Help! How can we carry on the rag-tag Christmas Caroling without them?!
posted by mickeefynn on Dec 12, 2010 - 10 answers

Undercover Kringle

I hate giving people normal gifts, like soap or cheeses... [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Dec 2, 2010 - 25 answers

Western Europe at Christmas time?

Please give us advice for visiting Western Europe over the holidays. [more inside]
posted by hought20 on Nov 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Should I buy another candelabra?

Does Kwanzaa really exist? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Nov 3, 2010 - 33 answers

Suggestions for holiday cheer in Chicago please!

What to see and do next week (especially Christmas day) in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Dec 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Need help finding a Christmas/Hanukkah card

Please help find a particular Christmas/Hanukkah card that my wife and I love! [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 on Nov 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Movies set at Christmas

What are the best movies set at Christmas that aren't actually Christmas movies? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi on Nov 16, 2009 - 60 answers

Home (not broke) for Xmas.

Please help me get from Europe to Canada for the Xmas holidays without having to live out of a cardboard box. [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada on Nov 8, 2009 - 24 answers

What do you do on a Christmas alone?

I've got nowhere to go for Christmas and nobody to celebrate it with. Every place I could use to distract myself is closed. The soup kitchens already have too many volunteers. Plus I have no car. I'm going to be bored as hell. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2008 - 37 answers

Sealed with a kiss for the holidays

Help me think of cute ways to show my new boyfriend that I'm thinking about him over the holidays! [more inside]
posted by catburger on Dec 19, 2008 - 16 answers

Non-Union Square Xmas gift for my mom?

I was a dolt and missed the deadline to ship my Mom's potential Christmas gift to my parent's house before I left town. So now I'm left with one weekend in NYC to find her something pretty for the home that's also small enough to fit in a carry-on suitcase. I need recommendations for classy, inexpensive stores in NYC that carry unique and/or handmade bowls, candle holders, tableware, etc for under $80. [more inside]
posted by Viola on Dec 18, 2008 - 14 answers

There's thought behind it, sure, but also twenty hours of knitting.

What are the most memorable, awesome or useful handmade gifts you've received or given? I'm in search of some inspiration, as well as cautionary tales. [more inside]
posted by carbide on Oct 19, 2008 - 38 answers

Save me from Scroogedom.

It looks like I'll be in NYC over Christmas and New Year's, and I don't really know anyone in town. Any suggestions for how to salvage some joy from the holiday season regardless? Budget is reasonably flexible.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Sep 22, 2008 - 27 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

NYC on Xmas Eve:

I'm going to be in New York with my dad on Christmas Eve. What should I expect, crowd- and activity-wise? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Dec 14, 2007 - 5 answers

Where can I buy a ridiculous Christmas sweater?

Where can I buy a ridiculous Christmas sweater? [more inside]
posted by yeti on Dec 7, 2007 - 19 answers

BUY BUY BUY

Charity for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Dec 3, 2007 - 17 answers

Sales for budget laptops?

Are there likely going to be holiday sales on budget laptops? [more inside]
posted by brett on Nov 20, 2007 - 14 answers

Where to eat and drink in NYC on Christmas day?

I'm going to be in NYC with my girlfriend over Christmas, and need some advice from the hive mind about the general opening hours of restaurants and cafes on Christmas day in Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by triv on Sep 5, 2007 - 15 answers

Christmas in Florence?

As a first-time visitor to Rome and Florence (and Venice?) at next Christmas and New Year's, what can I expect? What is a must-see attraction that might have special holiday hours?
posted by tristanshout on Jan 13, 2007 - 14 answers

A Very Strange Christmas

What offbeat and/or slightly strange publications would be receptive to non-fiction writing submissions about Christmas? [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch on Jan 4, 2007 - 5 answers

What is on your Christmas list?

What is on your Christmas list? [more inside]
posted by HiddenInput on Nov 16, 2005 - 29 answers

Get the Christ out of Christmas

To any non-Christians who celebrate Christmas - what makes the holiday special for you? What is "the true meaning of Christmas" for you? What traditions do you follow, what are your favorite memories, etc.
posted by ferociouskitty on Nov 9, 2005 - 38 answers

Interfaith Holiday

The Christmas holiday is fast approaching as we all know. My fiancee is Muslim, and we have always celebrated religious holidays separately. This year, I would like him to be a part of the family celebration. For my family it is more of a family bonding time (and become more of an American Tradition) than a religious event. If I'm correct, the celebration of Christmas is for the birth of Jesus. From what my fiancee has told me of Muslims, they believe in Jesus as a prophet, but have many differences in beliefs from Christians overall about who he was.

So would there be a debate between the two religions over the actual birth of Jesus (how he was conceived, is he the son of God....etc.) that would be conflicting for him to join us for dinner and this particular holiday itself? I want to be well informed when talking to him about it, and try to find a way to celebrate the holiday.
posted by Gooney on Dec 8, 2004 - 20 answers

Who is offended by "Happy Holidays"?

Ok, who is offended by "Happy Holidays" replacing "Merry Christmas"? If you are, could you please give reason why? I'm trying to understand the mentality here, and not celebrating Christmas myself (well, other than getting a federal holiday out of it) I can't see the reason why anyone would.
posted by pemdasi on Dec 7, 2004 - 68 answers

Dadaist gift for the religious

If you were a Dadist what Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa gift would you give, to whom, and why?
posted by b1tr0t on Dec 6, 2004 - 28 answers

Not-Home for the Holidays

If you could spend the Christmas holidays anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why? [mi] [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Nov 17, 2004 - 21 answers

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