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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

Can anyone recommend a similar Barcelona hotel?

Can anyone recommend a similar Barcelona hotel? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Jul 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Where in Ontario for a short boat trip?

I'm planning a two night boat trip in Ontario with my son. Any ideas on a waterway that will keep us occupied while we aren't fishing? We have a 16 foot boat so I need a fairly calm lake or river system.
posted by Scoops on Jul 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Festivals around the world

Is there a good reference site for festivals around the world? I'm going to be traveling and this would be a neat place to start planning where to be when. I'd like to find a resource that has actual festivals, not just holidays (like you wouldn't specifically come to the US for MLK Day but you would for the 4th of July).
posted by bikergirl on May 12, 2008 - 8 answers

Looking for a European holiday apartment.

Where is a good place in a European city for a non-European to buy a small but nice two bedroom apartment for holidays? Looking for a city environment. How much would I need to spend? Are there any regulatory hurdles? Where do I find them? [more inside]
posted by DirtyCreature on Jan 3, 2008 - 6 answers

bah humbug

My family members decided to suddenly start celebrating Christmas this year. I feel weird about it. Help me deal with these changes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2007 - 27 answers

NYC on Xmas Eve:

I'm going to be in New York with my dad on Christmas Eve. What should I expect, crowd- and activity-wise? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Dec 14, 2007 - 5 answers

Where can I buy a ridiculous Christmas sweater?

Where can I buy a ridiculous Christmas sweater? [more inside]
posted by yeti on Dec 7, 2007 - 19 answers


Charity for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Dec 3, 2007 - 17 answers

Sales for budget laptops?

Are there likely going to be holiday sales on budget laptops? [more inside]
posted by brett on Nov 20, 2007 - 14 answers

Looking for an awesome chocolate dessert!

Please recommend a delicious, decadent, primarily chocolate dessert that I can make for Thanksgiving. Some constraints inside. [more inside]
posted by peep on Nov 14, 2007 - 36 answers

quote for a holiday card.

I'm looking for a quotation that would be appropriate to include on a holiday card in the vein of growth, renewal etc [more inside]
posted by Soulbee on Nov 6, 2007 - 9 answers

How to avoid the holidays without causing a big riff in the family?

Is there a way to excuse oneself from family obligations during the holidays? A way that would minimize gossip and guilt-trips? Any successes out there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2007 - 22 answers

A family trip to volunteer in New Orleans?

My immediate family is considering making our holidays vacation a trip to New Orleans to do volunteer work, excavating houses, etc. Problem #1: We have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Sep 22, 2007 - 8 answers

Impromptu marriages for all! Annulments for some!

A large group (6-10) high school friends want to meet in Vegas for 4 days over new years. O' Hive mind, where can we get the best deal on airfare and a hotel on the strip? Please help as most of us are now exceedingly poor graduate students. [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on Sep 16, 2007 - 8 answers

Where to eat and drink in NYC on Christmas day?

I'm going to be in NYC with my girlfriend over Christmas, and need some advice from the hive mind about the general opening hours of restaurants and cafes on Christmas day in Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by triv on Sep 5, 2007 - 15 answers

Where to spend Rosh Hashanah in London?

A young professional Jewish woman of my acquaintance is moving to London for about a year and would love to find some community that might be welcoming to a stranger for the holidays. Suggestions as to places to meet (reform preferred) Jews, websites, etc. would be welcome.
posted by Patrick Graham on Aug 25, 2007 - 4 answers

Help us find a regular location for weekends away - starting in Birmingham, UK - by public transport

We want to find somewhere we can regularly visit, that is accessible from Birmingham by public transport (up to 3 hours) and not too expensive. Seaside would be the best option. A guesthouse or perhaps a caravan site. Where can we easily get to in that timescale? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Aug 15, 2007 - 4 answers

What to do with greeting cards?

What can I suggest my partner do with a huge stack of greeting cards he kept? [more inside]
posted by sian on Jul 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Should I reschedule a trip to Longleat?

So, I've agreed to drive a group of people to Longleat Safari Park this weekend. It's been in the diary for months, but the weather forecast is not good. If you've been to Longleat before - is the bad weather going to spoil the trip? should we reschedule?
posted by ascullion on Jun 28, 2007 - 2 answers

How to find holiday accommodation accessible by public transport?

Can you recommend any sites which list (or allow easy searches for) villas/cottages/apartments in Europe that are accessible without a car? I've found a couple for Italy here and here - any other suggestions?
posted by janecr on May 7, 2007 - 3 answers

how can i advise a youth-mentorship organization to be sensitive to the cultural and religious needs of its young participants and their parents?

how can i advise a youth-mentorship organization to be sensitive to the cultural and religious needs of its young participants and their parents? this Q applies to a very diverse group of kids. the issues i've noticed so far have specifically affected the muslim kids. [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme on Jan 14, 2007 - 22 answers

Christmas in Florence?

As a first-time visitor to Rome and Florence (and Venice?) at next Christmas and New Year's, what can I expect? What is a must-see attraction that might have special holiday hours?
posted by tristanshout on Jan 13, 2007 - 14 answers

thinking about sticking knife i my eye

I can't stand my brother-in-law. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2007 - 24 answers

A Very Strange Christmas

What offbeat and/or slightly strange publications would be receptive to non-fiction writing submissions about Christmas? [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch on Jan 4, 2007 - 5 answers

Making Chex Party Mix Without the Chex?

Can you help me find rice, corn, and wheat cereals in the UK that roughly correspond with Chex? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Dec 6, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me complete my groovy retro-kitsch Xmas CD

Help me complete my groovy retro-kitsch Xmas CD [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Nov 28, 2006 - 19 answers

Something special to do for boyfriend who is a stressed out single parent?

Something special to do for boyfriend who is a stressed out single parent? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Nov 25, 2006 - 9 answers

Judo vs. crap Thanskgivings! Who will emerge victorious?

It's gonna be a rotten Thanksgiving. Nothing tragic's happened, it's just that circumstances have conspired to make it rotten this year. What are some of the things you've done to alleviate or turn around a holiday you know isn't going to be the tiniest bit festive at all? [more inside]
posted by furiousthought on Nov 22, 2006 - 34 answers

Why is it?

Franksgiving was the notorious GOP / DEM legislative dispute over which Thursday in November was to be the official day of giving thanks. It seems unlikely the Mayflower gang had the coveted 4 day weekends in mind. Why is Thanksgiving always held on a Thursday and who deemed it so?
posted by Fupped Duck on Nov 19, 2006 - 2 answers

Everybody Loves a Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, help me fulfill a childhood wish: Where are the best places on the route to stand? And how early should I get there? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Nov 15, 2006 - 7 answers

What to do about the odd father out?

I want to bring alcohol for Christmas. This being AskMe, of course there is... [more inside]
posted by jammer on Nov 9, 2006 - 12 answers

How do I get Fall-loco/ How to DIY Presents for the holidays

Double Question: Favorite Fall Traditions/Make your own winter-holidays gifts [more inside]
posted by Meemer on Nov 5, 2006 - 16 answers

Vegetarian thanksgiving options in southern Minnesota?

I'm looking for a good vegetarian-focused (as opposed to just vegetarian-friendly) restaurant or buffet for Thanksgiving brunch/dinner somewhere around the Twin Cities area. It doesn't need to be actually in Minneapolis or St. Paul, but within a few hours' driving distance is preferred. Bonus points if the city where this elusive destination also has family friendly Thanksgiving-themed events like hay rides, etc.
posted by jennaba on Oct 30, 2006 - 2 answers

"goosey night" vs. "mischief night"

My fiance and I have an on going debate regaring the name of the night before holloween. Growing up in a new jersey city we called it mischief night, but the 'burbs she grew up in watered it down to goosey night. I know some places call it devil's night, etc... What names is it called elsewhere. What name brings the sweet memories of getting egged and flower sacked to you folks?
posted by jeffe on Oct 23, 2006 - 38 answers

Three perfect December Days in London

London at the holidays...so much to do, so little time... [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Dec 8, 2005 - 20 answers

What do I do about my in-laws?

Evil In-Laws Filter. Alternatively, do I need to learn to take the high road? My pseudo in-laws insist on maintaining a relationship with my boyfriend's ex-wife. This irks me to no end and I am exhausted from trying to ingratiate myself to them. Do I have to include them into my life? [more inside]
posted by Lola_G on Nov 22, 2005 - 43 answers

What is on your Christmas list?

What is on your Christmas list? [more inside]
posted by HiddenInput on Nov 16, 2005 - 29 answers

How to make someone happy

Is it possible to make someone happy, if they're generally not most of the time? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze on Nov 9, 2005 - 28 answers

Get the Christ out of Christmas

To any non-Christians who celebrate Christmas - what makes the holiday special for you? What is "the true meaning of Christmas" for you? What traditions do you follow, what are your favorite memories, etc.
posted by ferociouskitty on Nov 9, 2005 - 38 answers

in-laws and class differences

Just got done with an extended discussion of how weird my family is, after we decided to go to a buffet for thanksgiving rather than get together with the in-laws. Part of the problem is that my side of the family is "economically disadvantaged" and spouse's side of the family is middle class. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Nov 2, 2005 - 22 answers

Do you tip your building's super during the holiday season?

Do you tip your building's super during the holiday season? Your postman? How much. I'm interested in practical advice on the local customs in Toronto, but stories from around the world (Hamilton, Scarbrough, Oakville, etc) invited too.
posted by Capn on Dec 22, 2004 - 7 answers

A late gift for my cool uncle. What to do?

MissingGiftFilter: You have your coolest uncle in the family holiday gift draw. It looks like the gift you carefully chose for him will be late - what do you do? [+] [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool on Dec 21, 2004 - 14 answers

Returning the favor

So I completely underestimated the generosity of my co-workers. I'm a part-time employee, still in school, and not exactly at the top of the food chain. But a bunch of people I work with (some above me, some in different departments) gave me holiday gifts. Keep in mind that I'm making just enough to make ends meet. What should I give them in return? [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay on Dec 21, 2004 - 19 answers

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