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I'm, still annoyed, but don't want to be

Prior to our summer holiday recently (here in Australia), I had suggested, well really on the suggestion of my partner, that we (me, my partner and her two boys 12 & 15 yo) meet my sister and her son (13 yo) somewhere on the coast between our respective cities. We met them for a few days last year and everyone had fun, especially the kids. [more inside]
posted by summerinwinter on Jan 19, 2017 - 11 answers

Math For Spacing Out Three-Day Weekends, But Accounting for Holidays

I'm a big honkin' geek, and I would like to figure out an Excel formula I could reuse from year to year to space out my vacation day choices -- but including holidays, which would prevent even distribution. How can I still get as close as possible? More inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jan 13, 2017 - 10 answers

Oh, there's no place like Rome for the holidays

ItalyFilter: What's good in Rome on New Year's Eve for a family of six, who range in age from 22 to 60? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Dec 22, 2016 - 1 answer

Indigenous American wine recommendations?

I'm looking to get some ~$20 bottles of wine made from North American-native grapes, such as Scuppernong, Niagara, Catawba, Baco Noir, and Norton. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Dec 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me kick the Universe in the teeth

Right now (and for the next few weeks) I am dealing with a confluence of the first Christmas without my mother; moving to a new place; and getting the house cleared out/staged/cleaned to put it up for sale - and I need some musical assistance to power through it. [more inside]
posted by Archipelago on Dec 12, 2016 - 22 answers

Any rat-friendly homes open for the holidays?

I am looking for a place to board my two pet rats, in the Boston area, from December 23rd to December 27th. [more inside]
posted by miniraptor on Dec 3, 2016 - 5 answers

"Jolly" just doesn't feel right

Post-election, I'm looking for boxes or sets of secular winter holiday cards that have a thought-provoking or supportive message, and also don't have blithe good wishes that I wouldn't be able to send with any sincerity. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Dec 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Four people in a cottage for Christmas. How to do food?

Four people going away for Xmas to a beautiful but remote cottage. How do I approach planning, cooking and splitting food bills? I like cooking, lists and being ORGANISED!! but three of us like to cook, so I don't want to trample over everyone else and get exhausted cooking. I also don't want it to be a mess or end up with not enough. Has anyone else here dealt with a similar group holiday meal/food planning situation? [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin on Nov 28, 2016 - 15 answers

I want to put some sort of topical message on my family's holiday card!

My family (me, toddler, pregnant wife; we are all white US-ians) took some professional photos and are set to order holiday cards to send out to friends and family this year. But alongside a nice photo, the classically pithy "Happy Holidays" or "Happy New Year" greetings (and so on) aren't feeling quite right, as most of the people we're sending this to are as depressed about the state of our country as we are, and we'd like to acknowledge that people are afraid/uncertain/unbalanced/angry. What could we say instead? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Nov 25, 2016 - 12 answers

What are some alternative winter holiday traditions I can observe alone?

Long story short: I no longer celebrate Christmas. This year I'd like to do something on the day that makes me feel happy, warm, loved, and good. What are some things I can do, make, experience on my own that I might be able to use as alternative winter holiday traditions? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Nov 25, 2016 - 19 answers

How do I Thanksgiving now?

Tomorrow, family Ruki will be spending Thanksgiving with at least three out of four Trump voters. My immediate instinct is to walk out if the Trump praising begins, but that would be bad for family relations (although good for me and Kid Ruki's well being). How do I get through this?
posted by Ruki on Nov 23, 2016 - 20 answers

Spending Thanksgiving alone

I'll likely be celebrating the holiday alone tomorrow (crappy work schedule and family scattered across the country). I'll be hosting a Friends-giving on Sunday. I'm a little bummed about being alone tomorrow but would like to make the most out of it. I looked into volunteering but seems I'm too late to sign up for stuff. So far, I've got sleeping in and yoga. I'd love other ideas as to how to make a nice day for myself. Thanks! And happy turkey day to everyone :)
posted by namemeansgazelle on Nov 23, 2016 - 16 answers

How to make small celebrations feel festive?

I grew up having fairly large family celebrations of birthdays and holidays, but now it's often just me and one or both of my kids (12 and 16). Without having more people around, celebrations feel more forced and less fun, and not very different from day-to-day life. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by metasarah on Nov 12, 2016 - 12 answers

Surviving a family holiday with pregnant SIL after a miscarriage.

So this was me a month ago, but sadly my story doesn't have a happy ending. I got pregnant but miscarried shortly after. I'll soon-ish be spending a week on a family holiday with my pregnant sister-in-law and honestly don't know how I'll cope. [more inside]
posted by daybeforetheday on Oct 3, 2016 - 19 answers

The year in awesome used kids' books

What are your absolute favorite seasonal or holiday children's books? Bonus points: lovely illustrations; likely out of print or otherwise not on the front page of the relevant section of Amazon. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 19, 2016 - 33 answers

Shortest flight away from Christmas?

Let's say you are a person who doesn't enjoy Christmas and you live in Chicago, what's the shortest flight to a place where Christmas isn't widely celebrated? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Sep 10, 2016 - 27 answers

combo holiday from US and AU

Friends and I want to holiday together but they live in central Florida and I live on the east coast of Australia. We like to visit each other but a holiday together might work out well too in terms of fight costs/time spent in travel. [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism on Jun 28, 2016 - 7 answers

Looking for short poems about the winter and holidays.

I am making holiday cards and would like to include a short poem on the inside cover. I am looking for suggestions for poems about winter or the holidays. I will be handwriting the cards so I don't want something too long. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Dec 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Need survey questions to determine holiday gift giving.

I want to make a survey to send my grown-up kids so I know what to get them for the holidays. For example, I don't know how they stand on licorice since they grew up. [more inside]
posted by cda on Dec 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Christmas Eve dinner in Victoria, BC?

Where can I get a nice dinner on Christmas Eve/brunch on Christmas Day in Victoria BC? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Dec 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Need a Good Manhattan Church for Christmas Eve Services

My parents and brother are coming to NYC, where I live, for Christmas this year. Thankfully, I'm not having to house them (as I would be unable to do so) but I do need to have some ideas for where to go, etc. The only one that's really stumping me is where to take them for Christmas Eve services. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Dec 9, 2015 - 10 answers

End of an intimate relationship. How do I stay positive?

My sexual relationship has ended. It was one of the few stress-free things in my life, and now I fear for my mental and emotional health because of upcoming holidays, SAD, and a few other stressors. [more inside]
posted by destroying_angel on Dec 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Reality check on holiday boundaries

Need a reality check on setting boundaries around the holidays. [more inside]
posted by The Shoodoonoof on Dec 7, 2015 - 16 answers

Holiday cards in Orange County, CA?

Where can I buy unique holiday cards in Orange County or south LA that are suitable for Christmas and Hanukkah and appropriate for friends and business colleagues?
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Nov 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Christmas Sights and Doin's in Boston

My family will be joining me in the Boston area for Christmas this year, for the first time, for only a few days surrounding the 25th. If we were in NYC, near where I grew up, I'd know exactly what to do - see the windows, Rockefeller Ctr, St. Patrick's, the Grand Central train show...but I don't know what the Boston equivalents of these sightseeing traditions are. One caveat: Boston seems big on performing arts events for the holidays, and we probably aren't going to be able to coordinate schedules for ticketed events. I'm looking for things you can just drop in to. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Nov 21, 2015 - 12 answers

New Thanksgiving Traditions?

For the first time ever, my family is visiting Boston to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband and me. I'm really excited, and I really need some help planning the dinner menu. [more inside]
posted by ASlackerPestersMums on Nov 19, 2015 - 18 answers

Most fantastic advent calendar?

I'm looking for a great pre-filled advent calendar that I can order online. Ideally under $30, and I want a surprise variety of things! [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Nov 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Christmas present help (food related)

What type of food (savory, doesn't need to be eaten right away) should I make for people this Christmas? Details, including allergies, below. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Nov 6, 2015 - 16 answers

Low key rituals for minor holidays?

I work long hours and I frequently get so caught up in work plus basic staying afloat with relationships and errands and life maintenance tasks that I feel like whole seasons pass without my really having noticed, despite the fact I really love holidays and seasonal celebrations. To counteract this I have been looking for minimalist ways to commemorate various special days so that I am more aware of time passing. [more inside]
posted by ellebeejay on Nov 5, 2015 - 31 answers

How can I detach myself from most of my local family members?

My father, stepmother, aunt, cousin, and sister seem to have a vested interest in seeing me inaccurately. I've come to terms with their scapegoating and black-sheeping of me. It's been validated by numerous therapists as well as my mom, and the dynamic fits most of what I've read online about scapegoating dynamics. To abruptly go No Contact with them would make things much worse for me. I need Low Contact, polite, superficial strategies, please. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Oct 26, 2015 - 40 answers

Where she goes, so does her large dog. Ugh.

Another question about my sister. She has a large pit bull and brings him everywhere (unless it's inconvenient, in which case she leaves him with a friend or family member). She wants to bring him to our house for Christmas. I don't want him to come. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Oct 19, 2015 - 57 answers

Supporting boyfriend through mom's (terminal?) illness and the holidays

I've been dating a great guy for a few months now. About a month in he told me that his mom was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor 8 months before we met. His mom has done radiation and was seeming to get better in the last few months. He was making plans for me to meet his family for the first time on Thanksgiving. He just found out his mother has taken a turn for the worse (she's having difficulty walking), and I'd like to know: 1) how I can support him and 2) how to navigate meeting his family during this difficult time. [more inside]
posted by lafemma on Sep 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Hip, Hip Hooray, for Christmas Vacation

Our family rarely takes vacations, and even then, just to visit family, or at best, to a nearby lake. But big leaps forward in our careers have us thinking it's time to finally treat ourselves. We're thinking of taking the kid to Vegas for Christmas and rolling out, if not all the stops, many more than we've customarily been able/willing to afford. Give us tips for Vegas in general, Vegas for families, Vegas at the holidays, and small and medium things we can do to feel like high rollers. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 26, 2015 - 25 answers

Days of Awe...at my food.

I would like to make an amazing Rosh Hashanah dinner. What should I make? [more inside]
posted by ariadne's threadspinner on Sep 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Info & Advice for Planning an Awesome Xmas Vacation to Italy/Vatican

My family has decided to spend the holidays in Italy and at the Vatican. I'm doing all the planning and booking and I need some advice both in general, and specific to the holidays/closures etc. We will spend about 2 weeks and plan to see Rome/the Vatican, Florence and Venice. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Sep 2, 2015 - 17 answers

Christmas Eve in Chicago?

Our Christmas Eve plans in Chicago were cancelled. What should we do instead? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Dec 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Punch Recipes, Please!

We're throwing a small holiday party for some friends, and we've promised to have at least two kinds of punch -- one with booze, and one without. But we always make the same sorts of punch over and over again, and I'd love some ideas! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Dec 22, 2014 - 18 answers

Seeking DIY food gifts that can be packaged

What great DIY food gifts are out there that can be made on short notice, don't contain pricey specialty ingredients, and can be packaged in cellophane or something similar, to be transported and given out as individual treats? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Dec 16, 2014 - 37 answers

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 - 10 answers

Coping with uncertainty after asking alcoholic husband to move out

Last night after the final trampling of my boundaries, I asked my husband to please move out. I'm sort of adrift now. Hope me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2014 - 28 answers

Sing for your Grog!

We are having a solstice winter holiday open house where I plan to have two kinds of alcoholic beverages. I would like people to sing for their grog! Basically, I'm looking for short sing-able stanzas (spoken word, poetry, limericks, etc., would be totally acceptable) that I will put into a hat for people to select, perform their bit, then fill their cup. Help me fill the hat with good stuff! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Dec 5, 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

Uninviting people to Thanksgiving

My mother has been hosting a huge Thanksgiving for years now, and it's time to make a change. Only problem is, I'm not sure how to deliver the news to the people she's uninviting. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Sep 29, 2014 - 61 answers

Seeking DIY holiday gifts to create: shoestring budget, expensive taste

I want to get to work ASAP on holiday gifts and am looking for your favorite DIY gift ideas that have fairly broad appeal. Would prefer they not be holiday themed, so that they're gifts people can enjoy year round, or at least longer than the holiday season. They will also need to be tailored to my shoestring budget, but still reflect a sense of 'expensive taste' (I like things to look and be nice, and know this can be done without spending much money). Details on my personal DIY and crafting skills inside, as well as examples of DIY gifts I've made in the past, inside. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Sep 26, 2014 - 16 answers

Non-synagogue ideas for observing the Jewish holidays?

I want to observe the Jewish holidays without going to synagogue this year. Ideas for non-traditional ways I can commemorate the holy days? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Sep 17, 2014 - 15 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

what should we see in Perth, WA?

About to visit Perth WA with an eight and a five year old. Googling isn't really coming up with much exciting to see or do. Advice and suggestions? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Apr 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Dealing with social anxiety about "new" family arrangements

My mother recently divorced my step-dad of 11 years and started dating a new guy about 6 months ago. Having a stranger in my family is causing my social anxiety to manifest when I go to visit on holidays and other times, and I don't know what is the best way to talk to my mom about this, and to what extent I should feel OK removing myself from these situations. I'm 26 years old but I have the feeling that the way I am acting is perceived as highly inappropriate and rude for an adult. She has been very understanding of my anxiety in the past but is now that it is related to her boyfriend, she's taking it personally and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by supernaturelle on Dec 24, 2013 - 26 answers

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