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Engagement Traditions for Men

The idea of a marker/symbol of engagement appeals to me (as does the idea of tweaking gendered norms). I'm not otherwise terribly ornamentally inclined, so this feels like a good one-exception for her. I've seen suggestions online of "Eventual-wedding-ring on right hand, swap hands at the ceremony", which sounds particularly appealing, though I haven't seen anything consistent about where this might be common or how common it might be.
Within the United States, about how well would this be received/understood? [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Nov 4, 2015 - 23 answers

Identify this German after dinner shot

Several years ago I spent time with some German visitors, and after each dinner they passed out airplane bottles of liquer. The tradition, they said, was to drink it down, put the cap on your nose, and hang the bottle from your lip via suction. I've since wondered about this tradition and WHAT exactly was the liquer that they used. Here is a photo if someone could please identify it. Thanks!
posted by Mikey51 on Oct 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Whose idea was it to have an open bar at a lecture?

I was watching a movie where a scene included an academic lecturing on her work. The event was a black tie affair and there was an open bar at the lecture. I suddenly realized that this is common in movies and I've actually been to something like that in real life. Why? [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Jul 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Celebrating spring with a small side plate of 'Easter'

While we aren't religious, we still celebrate Easter as a holiday by branding it as a celebration of spring/renewal/rebirth/life etc. I am looking for ideas we can add to that tradition. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Apr 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Fastnacht costumes

What are the names of these Fastnacht characters? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Jan 3, 2013 - 3 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

Help me create new Christmas traditions!

I would like to start a Christmas tradition with my little niece and nephew, but I'm coming up short on ideas. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Nov 20, 2012 - 21 answers

Yuletide Traditions for the Newly Married

Help a couple of newlyweds start their own Christmas traditions. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Nov 12, 2012 - 31 answers

We Want to Hear About Your Anniversary Traditions!

What are your anniversary traditions? [more inside]
posted by genekelly'srollerskates on Oct 1, 2012 - 23 answers

Gonna kick myself in 3...2...1...

Historical brain fart -- help me remember the name of this English custom!! [more inside]
posted by mibo on Mar 24, 2012 - 5 answers

I don't want to feel like scrooge this time every year

Help an American engineer a good Australian christmas. [more inside]
posted by forza on Nov 26, 2011 - 18 answers

Boss for the Day

A day of the year when traditional power structures were reversed ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Nov 17, 2011 - 16 answers

I want my own traditions too, FFS!

This has been bothering me for a few years. I'm really sad, and a bit angry, that I don't have my own traditions. What I mean, is that I have no reason to do anything since the "grown-ups" already do everything. I don't know if I can take it much longer. [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight on Nov 8, 2011 - 68 answers

Looking for an NPR program on Buddhist Funerals that played yesterday on an LA NPR station.

On NPR in Los Angeles yesterday there was a segment on Buddhist funeral practices in Japan, and an interview with a Buddhist monk. What show was it? Is there a downloadable or listen-able on line version of it? [more inside]
posted by RampantFerret on Mar 31, 2011 - 7 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

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 questions would you ask your two-year-old self?

Help me start an annual 'birthday interview' tradition with my soon-to-be two-year-old. What questions should I ask her? [more inside]
posted by nuffsaid on Sep 25, 2010 - 15 answers

how to celebrate the winter solstice?

How can I throw an awesome winter solstice party? [more inside]
posted by three bear minimum on Jun 8, 2010 - 8 answers

What are the duties of an uncle?

I'm about to become an uncle. What are my duties? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Feb 16, 2010 - 31 answers

What made your Holidays with family special?

Christmas? Yule? Santa? Looking for direction in celebrating with my 2 year old son. How did you celebrate the holidays (which was maybe a bit nontraditional) ? [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Oct 6, 2009 - 31 answers

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah ... Oy veh! Why am I here at camp for so long?

So why is it that we Jews send our children to sleep-away camp for so long (4 weeks - 8 weeks)? [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Jun 19, 2009 - 86 answers

Mass paint removal

How could paint be removed from a large, frequently painted object? [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Apr 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Wanted: bad horror movies for good times in October

What fantastic-ly schlocky horror movie should I show at my annual viewing party? [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Oct 8, 2008 - 80 answers

Not sure if the guests would be down for lutefisk and haggis ...

What are some interesting Scottish (bride) and Swedish (groom) wedding traditions? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Jul 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Convince family to let me help others?

Should I try to convince my aunt that one person's Christmas present can make a difference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2007 - 25 answers

All I Want for Christmas is a few special moments with my sweetheart.

What are your Christmas traditions? How did you develop your own (rather than doing what your parents did?) [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Dec 10, 2007 - 27 answers

Why do students at Oxford University wear carnations to exams?

Why do students at Oxford University wear carnations to exams? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Mar 22, 2007 - 23 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

Looking for songs related to tea in different cultures?

I am looking for music or songs associated with tea/ tea ceremonies in various cultures, specifically India, Japan, China, North Africa, the UK & Ireland, but can certainly include any other tea cultures. Anyone know of any informative links or books?
posted by rubyeyo on Sep 6, 2006 - 9 answers

How to learn about pizzelle

I need authoritative sources on the history of and traditions involving pizzelle. [more inside]
posted by Airhen on Aug 7, 2006 - 6 answers

What German valentines traditions are there?

I'm currently in a long distance relationship with a beautiful German woman (hooray). However, with Valentines day coming up is there anything I need to know? [more inside]
posted by prentiz on Feb 10, 2006 - 7 answers

What's your cool family tradition?

I'm a new dad and I want to create some cool, happy family traditions. What traditions do you most remember and treasure? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 8, 2005 - 49 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

Post-Funeral Etiquette

My grandmother died last night after enduring 12 years of Alzheimers disease. When I spoke to my family this evening it was mentioned that there would be a luncheon after the funeral. I've only been to one other funeral in my life and that was not part of it. Sorry for the flippancy of this post, but I have a lot emotions all over the place right now, but to me a luncheon seems to be the height of tacky. Has anyone ever heard of this / done this before?
posted by pieoverdone on May 19, 2004 - 29 answers

Seven (7)

PetPeeveFilter: Outside of legal documents, why do people write "seven (7)" (as seen here, but in many, many other places, as well). What, they think I can't read the word seven? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Apr 15, 2004 - 18 answers

Presidential Inauguration: Walk or Limo?

History question: January 21, 1977. "The afternoon of infamy" for people in the limousine business. After having just been inaugurated, Jimmy Carter decides to exit his limo and walk with his family (and a large crowd) down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. What has been the trend since?
posted by john on Jan 3, 2004 - 6 answers

Tamales at Christmas

When I was in college, I dated a mexican-american girl for a few years and I loved spending christmas at her house because it meant fresh tamales (her dad would set aside special veggie ones for me and her). I know it's a tradition of some sort, and I've googled around but I can't really find the story behind the tradition. Can any members of la raza clue me in and tell me how it started and why tamales are made on christmas? Does it have anything to do with religion, myth, and/or history, or is it just a thing people do? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Dec 24, 2003 - 9 answers

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