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What should we do in Spain/Andorra/Northern Morocco... in the winter?

My girlfriend and I plan to go to Spain, leaving Christmas day and coming back a few days after New Years. We are interested in both activities and places it's just nice to be for a while. Spain is the primary destination here, but we're open to side trips into Andorra and/or Morocco. And, hey, how about the Baleric Islands? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jul 25, 2013 - 7 answers

holiday, it would be so nice

Bloomsday, Festivus, Pi Day, Caturday, Diwali, Poisson d'Avril--what are some other less traditional (or less familiar to a USian) holidays that might be fun to mark on the calender to celebrate? [more inside]
posted by ifjuly on Feb 12, 2013 - 48 answers

Use TripAdvisor Facebook app or other FB travel app? Why?

Hello. I'm curious about why Facebook members use the TripAdvisor Facebook app and / or other FB travel applications. Can you tell me why you use them? Apparently, the TripAdvisor app has 32 million users inside Facebook every month. But what's so good about it, that it attracts such a large user-base? Thanks for reading.
posted by Speculatist on Jan 14, 2013 - 10 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

How can I support my husband while he sets boundaries with his family?

How do I best support my partner when he sets boundaries with his passive-aggressive family, particularly when the boundaries are about how they've been treating me? Wall of text, with bonus holiday drama, inside! [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch on Dec 26, 2012 - 38 answers

Feeling ignored by my loved ones.

How do I deal with feeling ignored? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Dec 25, 2012 - 19 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

Gifts for Coworkers?

Holiday gifts at the workplace: incredibly small business edition. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 18, 2012 - 20 answers

How much to tip building staff during the holidays?

How much to tip building staff? [more inside]
posted by cm1088 on Dec 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Jolly Old OCD

Mefites with psych issues, do you have tips for getting through the holidays? [more inside]
posted by Katine on Dec 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Ideas for Traditions

What are some non-religious family (winter?) traditions that don't have to involve children? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Dec 12, 2012 - 21 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

New Year's Eve in Laredo, TX?

Asking for my sorta geeky, slightly hipster 24-year old daughter: where to spend New Year's Eve in Laredo, TX? [more inside]
posted by tyllwin on Dec 8, 2012 - 0 answers

Help me get to January

Marriage fizzling; need your best holiday coping methods to get through the rest of the year. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2012 - 12 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

Winter holidays around Rochester, NY.

Lighten up my dour winter holidays spent with family in western NY. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Dec 2, 2012 - 21 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

Holiday card vanity

I made a holiday card for myself and my husband. My sister thinks it is embarrassing. I'm not going to send it anymore, but I have a questions about regarding the general consensus of what and when and why certain things are embarrassing or not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2012 - 95 answers

Am I dating a Peter Pan?

Holidays always seem to bring relationship issues to the surface. My 46 year old boyfriend of five months isn't ready to cut the apron strings from his family - should I stick around and hope this changes or learn to accept it or move on? How do you accept something so annoying? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 on Nov 24, 2012 - 43 answers

Spoiled Kids Need Lesson in Gift-Giving

What can I do to teach my spoiled niece and nephew about the importance of giving this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by paperclip2000 on Nov 22, 2012 - 37 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

Thanksgiving with a side of family drama

My family's Thanksgiving has been hijacked by unwanted guests. Please help with etiquette so we're all happy. [more inside]
posted by Cloudberry Sky on Nov 11, 2012 - 74 answers

Do non-exempt employees get paid for the "optional" holiday party?

What are the rules for "optional" but not really optional work-related events for non-exempt employees? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 14 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

This year, I'm thankful for conflict avoidance.

My mother and I are not talking. I am thinking about skipping Thanksgiving. How do I do this without causing even more turmoil? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2012 - 32 answers

Holiday time in New England

Looking for a terrific holiday experience in New England. Quaint lodging with bonfires, snowshoeing, etc, the weekend after Christmas? [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Oct 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Ultimate planning calendar

Is there some sort of online calendar that can help me pick out weekends when people are most willing and able to attend an event? Obviously it's easy for me to look up Thanksgiving but more difficult for me to figure out things like NBA playoffs, school semesters starting, conflicts with popular wedding dates, airfare peaks, etc.
posted by crapmatic on Oct 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Am I going to be cheek to jowl with other family vacationers during Vacances de la Toussaint?

FranceFilter: Vacances de la Toussaint (fall midterm holidays) have what effect on traveling? Are trains, family-oriented sights, indoor pools, etc. packed, or is it mostly status quo? [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Oct 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Roaming in the gloaming

I'm planning a holiday in Scotland this August with a friend. We'd like to incorporate a few days (anything up to a week) of walking. Ideally, we'd like to go on a guided walk organised by a tour company - the kind where you stay in B&Bs/guest houses each night and the tour company organises transportation of your luggage during the day. The level of walking should be of the easy-to-moderate rather than super-challenging: the goal is to appreciate the beautiful Scottish landscape rather than undertake a strenuous physical challenge. I've googled tour companies that offer this kind of thing, but I was wondering if any mefites have specific recommendations for UK-based tour companies offering this kind of holiday? Or any particular advice?
posted by meronym on Apr 19, 2012 - 9 answers

And this is what kept our fathers and what keeps us surviving.

What do we know about the origins of vehi she'amda from the Passover haggadah? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Apr 11, 2012 - 5 answers

What to look out for renting a camper (motorhome) for the first time?

Camper (motorhome) filter: we (me, my wife and kids (5-year old daughter and 4 year old son) and our small dog) are going to tour Europe in a camper van (this one). I've never driven such a vehicle before and I've never lived in a camper before. I need your advice. [more inside]
posted by hat_eater on Feb 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Too late to get in shape?

Get into shape is as little as two weeks! Or no? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Feb 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Hey, I don't really want to hug her, either.

Unwilling toddlers and forced social interactions with adults: is it OK to instruct your child to (for instance) hug Great-Aunt Maisie, when she'd prefer not to? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 29, 2011 - 46 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

Remembering a recently lost loved one during the holidays

My brother died 7 months ago in an unexpected and tragic accident. This will be our first Christmas without him. What are some ideas for new traditions we can start to actively remember him and honor his memory? [more inside]
posted by isaypotato on Dec 18, 2011 - 29 answers

Christmas toes

Christmas toes filter: I'm about to travel half-way across the world to spend the holidays with my brother's family and I want the two girls to think think they have the most awesome-es auntie known. So here's the question... Red and green toenails. Should I do one foot red and the other green or alternate colours? I'm open to other patterns and ideas as well. I want them to giggle.
posted by michswiss on Dec 15, 2011 - 25 answers

We love you, but only when we like what you're doing.

FamilyGuiltFilter: Please help me navigate my mother and her tendancies to pile on guilt. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Dec 15, 2011 - 45 answers

Does Canada close up shop for the holidays?

Do Montreal and Quebec City close up shop for the holidays? [more inside]
posted by ElCuadrangular on Dec 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Breaking up around the holidays

Procedure for breaking up close to the holidays [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Dec 14, 2011 - 23 answers

Can I be denied leave without pay if I'm resigning?

I'm giving notice to my job today, starting a new one at beginning of January. Questions regarding holidays and family medical leave, because I think they might fight me... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2011 - 13 answers

On the 1st day of Christmas my grandchild gave to me...

I am transitioning (ftm) and haven't told my extended family. My grandmother is extremely distraught by my mother's passing last year. We are seeing each other for the first time in 6 months at a holiday dinner this month. How do I balance my needs with her needs and minimize drama? [more inside]
posted by buteo on Dec 11, 2011 - 25 answers

Can I Give My Psychologist a Holiday Gift or Card?

Is it okay to give my therapist/psychologist a holiday gift and/or card?
posted by tmharris65 on Dec 10, 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

Cheap place to stay Baltimore, MD for Christmas

Super cheap place to stay around Baltimore, MD during Christmas week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Please Help Me Survive Thanksgiving

Help: I need to at least seem 'okay' by Thursday. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 - 32 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

Hope me ride out the holidays

Ideas for a single person to go somewhere over Christmas break. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 - 7 answers

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