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Who celebrates pre-Easter holidays?

Where is there a Thursday Pre-Easter Holiday? I met an Asian tourist today who asked whether banks, libraries, and schools would be open on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before Easter. When I said the only "holiday" was Easter Sunday, he said that 15 yrs or so ago he visited the US and remembered these days as holidays. Now I'm curious. Does anyone know where in the world this might be so? I told him that some churches might hold special services on those days, but that wasn't what he remembered.
posted by calgirl on Apr 20, 2011 - 28 answers

Decompression Chamber for Compressed Londoners

Husband and I have one week holiday at end of May, coinciding with Significant Anniversary. Help us find the Perfect Getaway before Significant Anniversary is spent in local pub moaning that we never go anywhere! Our modest wishes inside... [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse on Apr 3, 2011 - 9 answers

What are some weird/fun internet holidays?

Blog Like It's The End Of The World Day is 13 June. Talk Like A Pirate Day is 19 September. Pretend To Be A Time Traveller Day is 8 December. What other weird/fun holidays are primarily observed on or have been mostly popularised by the internet? [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse on Jan 22, 2011 - 19 answers

I believe in Santa, but I don't believe in Jesus

Religion filter: I'm really trying to understand religion and why people regularly attend services. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Jan 8, 2011 - 40 answers

Are you there, holidays? It’s me, Average Agnostic American

I’m looking for holiday and cultural traditions from any and all cultures that an agnostic American can easily and festively incorporate into the year. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Dec 13, 2010 - 22 answers


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

Papa Noel for American peeps.

How can I most easily and inexpensively send small holiday gifts from France to the US? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Nov 13, 2010 - 3 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

Not handicrafts AGAIN!

I know we've got some fabulously crafty people hanging out on the Green. What have been some of your best appreciated, cheap Holiday projects? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Sep 21, 2010 - 47 answers

Can you recommend the best Australia-wide accommodation and travel online sites?

What would you recommend as the most comprehensive and helpful online site for searching for accommodation and holiday deals in Australia? [more inside]
posted by h00py on Sep 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me plan to fly a few places, with a service dog?

Do travel agencies exist any more? If so, will it be worth it to use one for this trip? Can they make it easier to travel with my owner-trained service animal? [more inside]
posted by jesirose on Aug 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Was my letter really delivered on the 4th of July?

I sent a certified letter to a large business last week and just checked its status on the USPS web site to see if it had been delivered. The site tells me that my letter was indeed delivered. On July 4. Which is a Federal holiday. On which they don't deliver the mail. Okay, I guess the Federal observance of Independence Day was on the 5th this year, but that's only because the 4th was a Sunday, On which they also don't deliver the mail. So does this make sense? Do they really deliver mail on Sunday and the 4th of July?
posted by Naberius on Jul 6, 2010 - 11 answers


Holidays' RSS? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Jun 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Tipping is not a city in China

Do you tip the person (from AAA or similar) when they come to jump start your car? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Feb 4, 2010 - 28 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

48 hours in NYC, let's go to the...?

My fiancé and I will be spending Dec 21 and 22 in NYC. What are some interesting things to do and see this time of year that don't cost much money? [more inside]
posted by bengarland on Dec 10, 2009 - 24 answers

Creative ideas for a party

What short, creative performances can guests put on at my party to entertain themselves? [more inside]
posted by Kateruba on Dec 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Economical Holiday Vacation - With Skiing?

Vacation planning two part-er: Does cheap, decent skiing over the holidays exist? And if not, where else should I spend my time off from work? [more inside]
posted by AV on Nov 24, 2009 - 14 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

Can I have your tips about entering into the holiday season right after my dad's death?

Death, mourning, family, and holidays: How to prepare for the holidays in a post-Dad world? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Nov 10, 2009 - 13 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

Holiday lights: hang 'em high!

How can I conveniently and safely affix a string of Christmas lights to the edge of a second-story roof? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Nov 5, 2009 - 6 answers

I Can Has High Holy Day Podcast?

Can anyone recommend a good Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur podcast? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Sep 15, 2009 - 3 answers

Where's the best place to go on vacation in the US if you're five and love everything to do with science?

Help us pick a US vacation destination for a science-obsessed five year old. [more inside]
posted by pootler on Sep 8, 2009 - 39 answers

Where can I go for a 'healthy' break?

Where can I go for a 'healthy' break? [more inside]
posted by fernbritton on Jul 8, 2009 - 15 answers

Where Is Good For A Beach Holiday?

Can Anyone Recommend a Good Beach Holiday? [more inside]
posted by Ruby Tuesday on Apr 19, 2009 - 17 answers

Is there a place that catalogs non-standard holidays?

Where can I find an extensive calendar or listing of events and celebrations beyond the basic national and well known holidays? (i.e. that the last Saturday in Feb. is Open That Bottle Night for celebrating good wine.) [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick on Feb 28, 2009 - 6 answers

SE Asia tying shoestrings

Bali, Thailand, or somewhere else for winter? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Feb 22, 2009 - 16 answers

Is my irritation over receiving tacky religious gifts unfounded?

Is my irritation over receiving tacky religious gifts unfounded? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick on Dec 31, 2008 - 82 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

Short story read on NPR about white family helping black family in the 1930s at the holidays?

Can you help identify a short story read on NPR on or around x-mas day 2007, about a poor white family helping out a poor black family, probably out west, probably in the 1930s? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Dec 24, 2008 - 4 answers

How to make boyfriend's Christmas away from home better?

My boyfriend just found out he needs to cancel his trip home for Xmas. (Kitty got sick.) I'm still heading out of town (leaving tonight) to see my family for 5 days. What can I do to make boyfriend's Christmas holiday better/less lonely? [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Dec 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Latkes sound awesome!

Good Latke recipes or any helpful hints in general? [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar on Dec 23, 2008 - 17 answers

Where can I find some beady jewelery for mom?

Where in New York can I buy some of that nice-but-inexpensive non-blingy street stall jewelery? Today, that is. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Dec 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Help my holiday gift stand out this year

I manage six ladies (I'm a guy) in my department and I would like to get them something for the holidays. I am looking for something $10-15 that is not candy, not a gift card and not an ornament. I probably don't have time to order it online so it should be something that I can find at a store. Any ideas? Did you get something cool this year? I want to give something memorable and different than the usual things employees find on their desks before Christmas.
posted by ieatwords on Dec 19, 2008 - 39 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

Mass Online Gifting Suggestions

Gifting en masse. Looking for non physical holiday gift ideas that can be ordered online for 40+ people scattered throughout the world. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Dec 18, 2008 - 9 answers

need to find a small tahoe rental

i'm looking for a nice cottage or similar in tahoe to rent, for just me and my girl for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by jimjam on Dec 17, 2008 - 5 answers

A dessert to remember

What is the best dessert you have ever created? This applies to cakes, pies, cookies, et cetera. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Dec 7, 2008 - 48 answers

Volunteering During the Holidays?

I've always felt a bit uneasy volunteering during the holidays - to help the homeless, the poor, the otherwise downtrodden - primarily because I find the spirit of helping people during a particular season creepy. For many, I think the holidays has become a period for justifying inaction during the rest of the year and relieving oneself of the guilt that that inaction comes with. Of course, I know this sounds slightly ridiculous, slightly humbuggerish, possibly uncaring. But you get my broader point. So, my question is: what volunteering activities do you find socially efficacious and personally meaningful? [more inside]
posted by dskinner on Nov 26, 2008 - 21 answers

Christmas Shopping Filter - Telescope

I need recommendations for an entry-level telescope and perhaps a good book to go with it. [more inside]
posted by coollibrarian on Nov 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Amuse My Family in Florida around Christmas

I have family (parents and siblings, no young'ns) visiting me in South Florida around Christmas. How can I best entertain them? [more inside]
posted by Bokononist on Nov 21, 2008 - 8 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

I really AM sick on a Monday, Boss...

Ugh. I actually *am* sick - sick since I woke up this [Monday] morning. But calling into work has me cringing under the duvet. Please help me out of this quandry... [more inside]
posted by ticktockdoc on Sep 1, 2008 - 18 answers

I am getting rickets!

The girlfriend and I cannot take another mm of rain in Scotland. We want to go somewhere hot (europe...anywhere!...hot!) for 4-5 nights (leaving tomorrow) but cannot find anywhere helpful to book a place to go. Please... help... somebody.... impulsive.. to find a website that'll help so WE CAN BE DRY!! [more inside]
posted by you're only jung once on Aug 24, 2008 - 17 answers

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