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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

Interfaith Holiday

The Christmas holiday is fast approaching as we all know. My fiancee is Muslim, and we have always celebrated religious holidays separately. This year, I would like him to be a part of the family celebration. For my family it is more of a family bonding time (and become more of an American Tradition) than a religious event. If I'm correct, the celebration of Christmas is for the birth of Jesus. From what my fiancee has told me of Muslims, they believe in Jesus as a prophet, but have many differences in beliefs from Christians overall about who he was.

So would there be a debate between the two religions over the actual birth of Jesus (how he was conceived, is he the son of God....etc.) that would be conflicting for him to join us for dinner and this particular holiday itself? I want to be well informed when talking to him about it, and try to find a way to celebrate the holiday.
posted by Gooney on Dec 8, 2004 - 20 answers

Who is offended by "Happy Holidays"?

Ok, who is offended by "Happy Holidays" replacing "Merry Christmas"? If you are, could you please give reason why? I'm trying to understand the mentality here, and not celebrating Christmas myself (well, other than getting a federal holiday out of it) I can't see the reason why anyone would.
posted by pemdasi on Dec 7, 2004 - 68 answers

Dadaist gift for the religious

If you were a Dadist what Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa gift would you give, to whom, and why?
posted by b1tr0t on Dec 6, 2004 - 28 answers

What are the must-have Thanksgiving dishes?

We’ll be interstate with my family for Festivus, and so we thought we’d start a new tradition and hold Thanksgiving with my wife’s family as an almost-end-of-year get-together. (stuffing inside…) [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Nov 25, 2004 - 4 answers

Parking Lot Etiquette

Ah ,the joys of the Holidays, and the joys of AskMe. Let's go. Who's the bigger parking lot asshole: The person who stalks pedestrians walking back to their cars, creeping ever slowly behind them, then honks at them for taking too long getting into their car and getting out of the space... Or the pedestrian who through a passive-aggressive protest, actually meanders around in their car just to piss off anybody waiting for their parking space? Have you ever done either of these? Do you have a personal Parking Lot etiquette, or is it everybody for themselves during the holidays? Personally, I get enjoyment out of purposely walking to the end of a lot about a mile past my car just for shits and giggles when I'm being lot stalked.
posted by Stan Chin on Nov 25, 2004 - 43 answers

Gift ideas for the holidays

Holidays are coming. Gifts need to be bought, for friends, colleagues and family. Care to share good ideas in a long wishlist thread here? inspired by this metatalk [more inside]
posted by dabitch on Nov 24, 2004 - 22 answers

Christmas Plans: which family to visit?

Several months ago, it was agreed that we would visit my family for Christmas. Now the SO has said he'd like to see his daughter. [MI] [more inside]
posted by Miss Bitchy Pants on Nov 19, 2004 - 9 answers

Not-Home for the Holidays

If you could spend the Christmas holidays anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why? [mi] [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Nov 17, 2004 - 21 answers

Family Christmas... with a Twist

Let's say you are a 21 year old female, senior in college, with a 23 year old sister who is a grad student. The two of you are quite close but have very different interests. You're into Five-Eight for the moment and she's been into Tim McGraw for about ten years now. You have a steady boyfriend while she spends more time with her friends. Your mom and dad are divorced but that's ok cause they are better apart anyway. Now your mom wants to start her own Christmas tradition that doesn't involve your dad. She wants to take you, your sister, and maybe a couple of friends on a trip every year leaving on Christmas Day or maybe the day after. Her budget is $4000. Any suggestions on how to make everyone at least 90% happy?
posted by oh posey on Sep 6, 2004 - 22 answers

Present for a Kitchen Pro

I need some help looking for a present for a kitchen pro [more inside] [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Sep 4, 2004 - 32 answers

Why is Christmas day an official holiday in the US?

Baffling Things About America, #820. If church and state are completely seperate in the US, why is Christmas day an official holiday?
posted by Pericles on May 19, 2004 - 32 answers

Almond Flour

So, it's Pesach, and time for me and other jews to engage in a culinary tango dictated by what can often seem like an ever shifting sheaf of talmudic law. I've recently started playing around with almond flour - specifically a wonderful lemon pound cake (I use sugar - I'm a natural man!), and was pondering making it this week. But then it occurred to me - is using almond flour in this way - or almond flour at all - kosher for Pesach? And does anyone know of a good one-stop list of the rules and, to my mind more importantly, the reasons behind each?
posted by jearbear on Apr 5, 2004 - 13 answers

Vacation Suggestions

Vacation advice - - A week at the end of March has opened up, and me and Mrs. _sirmissalot_ would like to go somewhere interesting and off the beaten path. Complicating factor: it's spring break time, and I don't want to run into drunk frat boys (otherwise I'd like to go snorkeling and caving in Belize). Can't spend a mint but a decent tax refund is on the way. We would be leaving from San Franciso/Oakland and don't want to spend the whole time in the air . . . any ideas folks? [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Jan 31, 2004 - 17 answers

Hannukah Rituals

Can anyone enlighten me as to Hannukah rituals? I've googled about, but only find the technicalities of ceremony. I need to know the things that people take for granted - whether presents get wrapped, if they get increasingly expensive across the days, what sort of things are usual to give and do. Everything.
posted by bonaldi on Dec 19, 2003 - 14 answers

O Tannenbaum

Christmas trees. Real or artificial? Or rather is it worth paying a high price for an artificial tree that looks very real rather than a relatively low price a real tree that looks, well, real?
posted by feelinglistless on Dec 17, 2003 - 18 answers

Party Games

Holiday Party tonight...any ideas for (relatively tame) games or entertainment options?
posted by davidmsc on Dec 12, 2003 - 13 answers

Sharing Holidays

I'm recently engaged and my fiancée and I are stuck between families. Ideally we could see both sets of family for Christmas but geography rules it out.

How do you handle sharing the holidays with a minimum of stress or hurt feelings? Rotating, where you go to one house on one year and the other house the next year? Split each holiday into halves and see both each year? Any ideas?
posted by jmevius on Dec 10, 2003 - 19 answers

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