I've been reading a book in which a US-like military and its organization are frequently discussed, and I'm curious about informal traditions and unspoken rules within the military, like how commissioned and non-commissioned officers feel about each other, how certain ranks defer to one another in certain circumstances, why sergeants are (apparently) hated by privates, and all that. Any good FAQs, guides, blogs, that sort of thing?
My mother has fond memories of checking this book out of the library each year to help her get into the Swedish Christmas spirit. I'd like to find a copy for her but I can't seem to find it anywhere other than this sold copy on Etsy. The fact that the title is "Swedish Christmas" doesn't help! Can all you book sleuths help me find one for sale?
Oy vey! Jews of Metafilter, help me out: what is an appropriate bar mitzvah gift in 2015? It's been years since I attended one, but the first one from the next gen of my family is happening soon and I need a gift, shortly to be followed by the kids of a bunch of my friends. Back in the day, a Cross pen was considered a good gift and I just know that moment has passed. More details: [more inside]
Lots of laboring jobs have a history of singing while working. Does mining? Are there miner songs?
I lost my husband this year, and my adult children lost their beloved father. I would like to start a tradition for remembrance this Christmas, at a meal or at gift opening. Ideally it should be short, meaningful, and accommodating of a wide range of beliefs, from atheist, to agnostic, to believer, to alternate religion. Any suggestions?
When my daughter was born my partner and I decided not to do the Santa lie but this year (she's five and a half) she is really upset about it all now that she's picking up on other people's beliefs. What do you say about beliefs when it's the rest of the world who did this to your kid? [more inside]
I'm having a difficult time finding interesting summer solstice (June 21st) events in Derbyshire, Leicestershire or Nottinghamshire this year. By events, I mean actual solstice-related events e.g. traditional customs or folklore rituals, morris dancing, pagan events, or astronomical things. Either are there any, or (even better) are there online listings for such events?
Settle an argument about making stock for cooking. One half says that you should save every odd and end from vegetables and keep them in a big ziploc bag in the freezer for when you make stock so it can get the most varied amount of flavor possible and "recycle" kitchen waste. Other half says that since we're not making vegetable stock and only ever make stock with left over bones you should just keep to the basic recipie ( carrots, onion, celery, etc) and not introduce all these unknown cauliflower ends and parsnip bits and it's a false economy anyway. Who is right? Is anyone right? Are they both right?
So, I have a friend whose family has an amazing Easter tradition. They have a traditional easter egg hunt in their yard, only some of the eggs contain candy and some of them contain various numbers of tickets. Their mom buys a range of amazing and not so amazing prizes (think PS3 to a new spatula, or whatever). Next ensues a crazy bidding war on the prizes, using the collected tickets. I want to start a new Thanksgiving tradition that compares in awesomeness. [more inside]
I was recently in a small village cemetery in Portugal. In the cemetery there was a wall with coffins interred on shelves, with a modern lockable double glazed door over each vault so that you could look in at the contents. [more inside]
I'm going into the health field and curious about cultural/ethnic health practices that are off the beaten path. For example, can anyone tell me the "what", "how", and "why" of cupping and coining? What other cultural/religious/traditional practices can you share? [more inside]
My fiance is half-Norwegian, and all the family he's in contact with are pretty Norwegian. We're having a wedding and trying to honor each other's heritages. I need touches and customs that can be added to said wedding. Problem: while googling on the internet for Viking stuff and/or meaningful runes, I'm finding a ton of racist stuff. My fiance has done antifa work and I just plain hate Nazis. How can I find cool customs that have not been appropriated by horrible people, and how can I buy jewelry (particularly ring-type) that isn't going to racist pockets? [more inside]
GingerbreadFilter: help me improve my annual gingerbread party this year (A complete blizzard of snowflakes inside)
GingerbreadFilter: help me improve my annual gingerbread party this year (A complete blizzard of snowflakes inside) [more inside]
My sister and I have an annual Christmas tradition of making an elaborate treasure hunt, puzzle or game for our family. Need some help brainstorming this year's edition. [more inside]
Asking for a friend. A coworkers wife has been diagnosed stage IV brain cancer. They are East Indian. We would like to bring flowers to their home. Does anyone know if certain flowers have special meaning culturally and / or are there flowers to avoid? Thank you.
How can I find a passion for language learning? [more inside]
Help a couple of newlyweds start their own Christmas traditions. [more inside]
Why are you supposed to take the flag down at night? [more inside]
I've just been diagnosed with ADHD, and have started an initial stimulant-based management plan. I'm in my mid-forties, and work in a very traditional industry and come from a not-very-accepting Old World culture. How open do I need to be with colleagues and friends that I'm doing this? [more inside]
Does your family (origin, creation etc.) have any postpartum food traditions? [more inside]
What are your anniversary traditions? [more inside]
What is the deal with undershirts? (ie wearing a white T-Shirt under your outer long-sleeve buttoned shirt). Watching Mad Men its always clear that Don Draper is wearing a white T-Shirt under his business shirt. Is is a USA thing? Here in the UK it seems less common. And its always seemed to have a kind of puritanical conservatism to me. Is it some remnant of a more conservative past? [more inside]
What is the relationship between the ritual and the algorithm? Are all rituals algorithmic? [more inside]
My father asked me to use my social networks to get my friends to use his business. When I balked, he tried telling me that if I did, he'd pay for my wedding with the money. Am I right to be offended? And what do I do? [more inside]
What are your favorite rituals or good luck tics? [more inside]
Do people send flowers to a wedding? I have a friend (who is originally from Turkey--this is relevant) who was invited to the Florida wedding of her father's friend's daughter (who was born in the U.S. but is of Turkish descent). My friend can't attend, wants to send flowers, and is wondering whether to send them to the church or the reception. [more inside]
What is the historical origin and cultural significance of the Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony? [more inside]
Childhood tradition that I thought Everyone Did, but now it seems to be just me: "Catching Santa Claus" [more inside]
Poetry recommendations for a a forced Thanksgiving dinner reading? [more inside]
Are there any cultures that give two live cockroaches as wedding gifts? [more inside]
What are some great traditions I can start with myself or with my family? Growing up, outside of your standard holidays, my family never had traditions like taking a yearly vacation, making cookies on Sundays, or going to all Notre Dame home games. Now that I am older, I want my own traditions. What traditions did you, your family, or friends have that I should be envious about?
Snowflake relationship question: How do I keep this quasi-relationship from stressing me out? [more inside]
What would be considered "traditional" clothing for the United States? [more inside]
What are some traditions that we can incorporate into our first
Christmas solstice together? [more inside]
What cultural or spiritual practice involves an alter or offering incorporating a dead chicken and money? [more inside]
The other day a childhood memory came back to me. Forgot all about it until we bought and were talking about our Easter Eggs. [more inside]
What is the history behind pinching those who don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day? This WikiAnswer page says it was thought that "if you wore green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was good because they would pinch anyone they could see." [more inside]
How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil? [more inside]
How to have an Italian wedding? [more inside]
Do atheists and agnostics put up Christmas trees? [more inside]
This is the first Thanksgiving we're having since my mom passed away 4 months ago, and I'm not looking forward to it. My sister has invited my little family (me, hubby, and 3yr old) to her in-laws house, but I'm not comfortable with their family. I want to start a tradition at our home, cook something small but special, and do something so I'm not thinking about her all day and how much my heart is broken. [more inside]
What are some UK Christmas holiday traditions? [more inside]
Just found out we have been invited to attend a Jewish friend's home for Sukkot today. [more inside]
Help me identify: possibly Judaic (maybe Yiddish) folk tradition of a very small group of individuals for whom God allows the world exist. The point being there's no way of knowing if any individual is one of those chosen few, thus necessitating kindness and decency to all. [more inside]
Is the Eugen Weber lecture series 'The Western Tradition' available via podcast? [more inside]
When was the past better than the present? I'd like to know the word or phrase that describes the romanticism people have of the past, e.g. "In those days, children respected their elders!". I was watching the documentary Born Rich and Cody Franchetti mentions that the encyclopedia was better in the early 20th century. Why? This feeling that "old ways are better" is not exactly nostalgia, because often people expressing this sentiment didn't actually grow up in this utopian past. But their feelings toward this time are exactly like nostalgia. [more inside]
How do I gently tell my mom that I do not want her to join my dad in walking me down the aisle? [more inside]
What do different cultures do with a bird's wish-bone? [more inside]
I am buying the girlfriend a locket. One of the ones I am looking at has a space for a photo on each side. What goes where? [more inside]
What's on the dinner table at your Polish Easter celebration? [more inside]
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