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]
Last Christmas, there was an indie guitar song that was really popular...help me figure out what it was! [more inside]
OK not a big fan of Christmas. Looking for xmas cards to send to like-minded friends. I saw a great one a few months ago on deviantart (and can't find it again) father xmas beard collaged over various famous photographs - one particularily wicked one over D. Lange's famous photo of a woman and child in Depression Era. Not big or clever. But still...
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]
Where can I get a pair of men's, blue bunny slippers? [more inside]
Help us pack Thanksgiving and Christmas with every New York holiday tradition there is. [more inside]
How to handle unwanted pity and an irrational perceived slight? [more inside]
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]
How do I get a FLOOD of Christmas catalogs? [more inside]
CrochetFilter: Please help me think of a few crochet projects I can give as Christmas gifts. [more inside]
I need the awesomest secular Christmas card ever to send out for my small business. Please show me your funny or cool suggestions. [more inside]
Help me recall which movie features a determined maniac lifting up a coed and impaling her on deer antlers above the fireplace? [more inside]
Pet-related Christmas puns? Help! [more inside]
Travel in northern europe over Christmas: insane, or eminently reasonable with minor hiccups? [more inside]
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]
Help me identify a radio comedy about drunk children at a holiday party. About three or four years ago, I was listening to the radio during the holiday season (Nov-Dec), and I heard the funniest (fictional) story I've ever heard, and have never been able to locate the source. [more inside]
My girlfriend and I went to Prague for Christmas last year and really loved it. Where else might we like? [Special snowflake requirements inside.] [more inside]
Is there a way to tactfully ask my mother to host Christmas this year? [more inside]
Please identify some of the people in the video for Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas": [more inside]
Best time and any hacks for buying Christmas-time flights from the UK to New Zealand? [more inside]
Are houses in your neighborhood still decorated for Christmas? On purpose, with the lights turned on, wreaths with red bows, Christmas flags, etc? Or is my new neighborhood just weird? [more inside]
Unwanted gift etiquette - What do I do with this thing now? [more inside]
How do you make Christmas tree ornaments out of homemade Play-Doh? [more inside]
My plan to give my sister tickets to the Pee Wee Herman show on Broadway for Xmas failed (snowstorm, etc.). What equivalently awesome "experience" gift could I give her instead? [more inside]
In the last episode of The Office (Classy Christmas, Part 2), did Jim love or hate Pam's gift? [more inside]
What should I do with 60 Jaffa Cakes? [more inside]
What should I buy for myself? Help me buy myself something by telling me about your favorite Christmas gift that you received this year. [more inside]
I have half a bag of whole fresh cranberries. What dessert or appetizer can I make? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: who sings this version of Santa Baby? Thanks!
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]
We are having some visiting Serbian friends over for a late (by our standards) Christmas meal in a few days. They will literally be on the other side of the world in New Zealand at this time. I'd like to play some Serbian Christmas music that they would enjoy, music that says "Christmas" to them, especially so far from home. I understand that the actual Serbian Christmas is not until January 7th, but I'd like to play music that lets them know we have gone to some trouble to help them enjoy Christmas. Any recommendations, especially those accessible via iTunes or YouTube, would be most welcome.
The essentials of setting up a new computer for your mom? [more inside]
Can you help me find a recording of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with the ORIGINAL original lyrics? [more inside]
Final Decision: Roku or Boxee ?? I am between either the Boxee Box or Roku XDS. I like the Boxee platform, but the boxee box doesn't have netflix yet, they claim it's gonna be available some time soon. Roku seems to be great, works as described, just not as robust as Boxee... So, convince me either way... [more inside]
Merry Christmas from my time zone. I'm having Christmas lunch today with a friend who is in rehab, at the rehab center. Most of the people there will be there because they're not allowed out yet. [more inside]
Is there any way to enroll someone into the Apple Development Program as a gift? [more inside]
Is it reasonable that I want my husband's family to know about his unemployment? [more inside]
What should a lone traveler do to celebrate Christmas in a strange city? (in this case, Christchurch, New Zealand?) [more inside]
Suggestions for a relatively inexpensive but decent quality beer of the month club (or something similar)? [more inside]
Trombone-filter. My husband recently re-took up the trombone (which he played from ages 8-18). What can I get him for Christmas to help him along? [more inside]
Mission Impossible? Christmas gifts for wife with a zero dollar budget. Due to my current unemployment, Mrs COD and myself have agreed that we will not spend a single dime on each other for Christmas. We did spend a little so that the kids have a few things to unwrap. However, having nothing under the tree just seems so depressing. Anybody have any creative ideas?
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]
x-mas gift idea for parents of toddler, who are having twins next month: "relaxing night in". Gift card for meal delivery service (anyone know a yummier version of omaha steaks?), some great new movie on dvd, CDs of soothing sounds for the babies (white noise, womb sounds, ocean sounds, etc). Trying to keep it under $150. I've heard omaha steaks are gross, so I'm looking for an alternative. Unless I should scrap the whole thing and get them...? [more inside]
LastMinuteGiftFilter: Looking for a subscription or experience gift for my boyfriend, ~$40, NOT a magazine. [more inside]
A friend, a student, is stuck in London over Christmas: no family or close friends to hang out with over the day itself etc. What could he do, by himself, to make it all warm and fuzzy. Anything from travel (if that becomes possible in the next few days) to stuff to do around London that he wouldn't otherwise get around to.
My family and I are going to drive around the Philly / South Jersey area to look at Christmas lights. Pretty displays are good, garish displays are better! (we hear Hershey PA has some kickass lights, but it's unfortunately too far away for our purposes.)
Would you ever send someone an anonymous gift - particularly if you haven't had a good relationship with them? [more inside]
Looking for holiday light displays in the Kansas City Missouri metro area: can anyone recommend some great places to go. Thanks!
Help me find a Christmas television show I remember from childhood? [more inside]
Northeast Christmas and New Year's plans, anyone? My husband and I are located in New York, and are interested in something non-family to do on the Christmas and New Year's weekends. We'd be willing to drive as far as Boston or Washington to do something worthwhile without breaking the bank. Any ideas? More inside. [more inside]