I'd like to travel around Germany for a few days before ending up in Berlin on 28th December for New Year's. Assuming I can actually leave the UK and get to Germany does anyone have suggestions for places to go, things to see; someone recommended Christmas markets to me?
Help me with any pieces of information about these 2 animated Christmas shows/films that have eluded me for over 2 decades. [more inside]
Christmas/birthday gift for a female sophomore West Point (USMA) cadet that will be appreciated, not boring, and not super expensive - google and mefi search are coming up empty! [more inside]
What should two atheists do for christmas? I will be 2692km away from my family, and 1204 km from my closest friends. My boyfriend is a "christmas is exactly like any other day" kind of guy (for example, he neither wants to receive gifts or give them, because he finds choosing gifts way too stressful), but he loves me and wants me to be happy, so he'll go along with any not-too-over-the-top plan. We also don't have a lot of money. I do want to do *something* nice though, so that I don't feel sad/neglected/lonely/left out, and eating icecream + watching a DVD seems a little too low-key...
Does anyone know where in New York I can buy diabetic friendly/healthy cookies? [more inside]
What is the best Christmas-gift for a newly-converted dog person? [more inside]
A friend fell in love with a notebook I received as part of a Thank You package. Problem is: the manufacturer only sells this notebook in bulk to companies who want to put their brand on it. Where can I find something similar? [more inside]
Restaurant recommendations for Christmas dinner in the Washington, DC area? [more inside]
What gift for my new, 15-year-old blind nephew? [more inside]
My Uncle has decreed that we will be eating out this Christmas. So, I need a recommendation for a nice restaurant serving Christmas dinner somewhere near the QEW, probably between Stoney Creek and Burlington. [more inside]
Super super inexpensive ($1.00 or less) yet clever Christmas gift ideas needed! [more inside]
So long, sentimentality -- I'm doing Christmas in Las Vegas this year. To that end I am researching places to have dinner on Christmas Day, maybe something traditional-ish and medium-high in price. Any suggestions? Are most restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Will I need reservations? Lay your holiday Vegas anecdotes on me!
Can you recommend a portable music/media player that has a built in sound recorder as well? Must be really easy to use. [more inside]
Part-timer and fairly new in the office. I want to hand out Christmas cards to my co-workers this year but there are a few people out of my department whom I've not spoken to besides "hi" and "bye" because our jobs simply don't require us to cross paths. Should I do cards for everyone anyway? [more inside]
I didn't get my limoncello started in time (which I'd usually let go for three or four weeks). Are there any homemade liqueurs I can start tonight that will be ready to drink by Christmas?
Is there a more durable equivalent of the Bookchair that I could get my sister for Christmas? Right now, our home is littered with bookchairs that fell to the ground and broke in a pretty permanent way. And that's awfully tiring. The key component is the fact that the page holder "tabs" can adjust for either very thick or (somewhat) thin books, so that's vital in any replacement. I'm in Canada.
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?!
Help me make a playlist for a stressful Christmas! [more inside]
Ornament help! Need a battery-operated moving train ornament for a sentimental Christmas gift. [more inside]
My 74-year old technophobe father has requested an "iPod" for Christmas. My mom needs help deciding which MP3 player to buy which he'll be able to operate easily. [more inside]
Best Digital Photo Frame? Help me find a suitable frame for my parents Christmas gift. [more inside]
Help me buy a flat-screen monitor for my husband as a Christmas gift, please? [more inside]
Where can my new husband and I eat dinner on Christmas Eve in the Brandywine Valley or in Wilmington proper? Bonus points for romantic atmosphere, since it's our honeymoon. Not an option: Krazy Kat's, Buckley's Tavern. [more inside]
Gift Filter: Mom wants to be better at the visual part of HTML design (books, software, dvd etc) and Dad is really into investing, Help! [more inside]
Help me stylish people! My wife wants plates for Christmas. Bright colours. Please help! [more inside]
Name-that-movie time! Bumbling dad switches on over-the-top Christmas lights, causing the house to go up in flames and massive disappointment. A colleague and I were discussing Christmas movies and we both thought of this scene but we can't remember the movie it came from. It's probably a well-known US comedy (like Home Alone or Honey I shrunk the kids) from the 1980-1990s. This should be a piece of cake but my Google/IMDb/Tvtropes-fu fails me.
Vegetarian Christmas. What replaces the turkey? [more inside]
I need help picking out a book as a Christmas gift for my husband. I'm looking for fascinating current non-fiction about the inner workings of American politics. Husband is a staunch Democrat. Many thanks!
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]
I'm roasting a goose for Christmas dinner, and I'll be steaming a plum pudding as well. What else should I include in my vaguely Dickensian menu? [more inside]
Can you recommend any fun and/or jazzy French-language holiday music? [more inside]
For much of my childhood, the annual airing of ABC Stage 67's Emmy-winning production of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory, starring the absolutely incomparable Geraldine Page, was at the very core of how my family understood Christmas. In my time, it aired on local PBS stations. Sometime in the 80s, though, it disappeared, and is only available in a black & white version of questionable quality. What happened, and where did it go? How can we recover this treasure and share it with a broader audience? [more inside]
GiftFilter: What should I get as a Christmas present for my cousin who's a guy, a music ed major, a junior in college, preppy, and sort of athletic? [more inside]
What are your favourite ways to gift-wrap lots of small, irregular items into one package? [more inside]
I need to get from Bedford to Solihull near Birmingham, UK, on Christmas Day, ideally via public transport. I have no idea if this is possible but it's looking like it might not be. Help! [more inside]
Looking for Radio Humbug: On every major holiday, but most especially Christmas, I'm annoyed that the radio broadcasts I habitually listen to--mostly NPR, BBC world service--are overtaken by special holiday content, which is usually religious and sappy. Can anyone recommend a radio station to listen to on internet stream on these holidays (talk, not music) that will present news, interviews, documentaries and the like? I could do podcasts, but I much prefer live streaming. Necessarily in English. Most any sort of content or geographic focus would be of interest, so long as there's no shouting, minimal or no religion, no political extremism.
What have you given to (or done for) friends and family as an alternative to standard christmas gifts? [more inside]
My husband and I are throwing our very *first annual* Christmas party. We just bought a house, and I've been dying to entertain in it. The thing is, though, I don't want it to be too "grown up" - ya know, a boring adult party. Our number one requirement for our wedding was that the reception be fantastically fun - where everyone dances all night and no one sits around awkwardly, being bored. This is the kind of party I want. I don't want it to be boring BUT I do not want it to be because people are drunk out of their minds (I cannot stand ridiculously drunk behavior). [more inside]
[Christmas music filter, instrumental] I'm in search of non-schmaltzy, non overwrought instrumental Christmas music. [more inside]
Where in NYC to buy a belt for a big dude? [more inside]
I hate giving people normal gifts, like soap or cheeses... [more inside]
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]
What creative, outlandish gift can my friend get at the last minute for a white elephant Christmas gift exchange that is being held this evening? [more inside]
Gift-list filter: what to get an eight-year-old boy who is obsessed with disasters, decay, big things collapsing, and 'Earth after people' scenarios? [more inside]
I decided to buy my wife a small Medieval LARP weapons cache for Christmas. I know she will like it, but I want to wrap this gift so it will really wow her. I am in need of a clever or creative suggestion to put together this gift - without spending more than about 25 bucks on some sort of the thematic presentation. Help me tie up the best gift ever! [more inside]
Christmas List Question: Netbook or Cheap Laptop for wife [more inside]
Any good alternatives to a pet monkey? [more inside]
Christmas songs from the last ten or fifteen years? [more inside]
I am looking to set up my somewhat technically-challenged father with an mp3 player and the accompanying software for Christmas. [more inside]