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Christmas pudding tips!

Just received a pudding mold, anything I should keep in mind about using it? I've heard one should make an Xmas pudding months in advance - do I start now? Other questions as well! [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Sep 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Things to do on Christmas day in San Francisco

So my original Christmas day plans fell through, and I live 5000 miles from most of my family. I do have a brother who recently moved to San Jose, though, and we'd like to spend the day doing something together. We're both wary of bringing each other to friends houses (we're different kinds of people, move in different circles, etc) - so we'd like to try and find something fun and novel that we can go and do, just the 2 of us (though if it were something social in the sense that we may meet a bunch of strangers doing this thing, then that would be cool). Anybody have any ideas? We're also British. I don't know if this information will help you, but hey, there you have it. 2 British guys in San Francisco with no idea what to do on Xmas day. Hive mind, halp!
posted by TheTorns on Dec 24, 2013 - 17 answers

What are considered the DEFINITIVE versions of popular Christmas songs?

So, after decades of basically ignoring them, I'm finally getting into the spirit of enjoying classic Christmas songs. But I don't know much about them. I know many of them have been covered literally hundreds of times. As a starting point, I'd like to better understand which versions of popular Christmas songs have been MOST popular over time. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Dec 11, 2013 - 45 answers

Xmas gift for the Singapore bound

I am looking for a Christmas gift for my 22 year old sister. Next summer she is planning to go to Singapore for a year to join her expat boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Nov 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Where to buy an advent calendar in Germany?

I will be in Germany soon, and would like to buy a wooden advent calendar for my daughter to use for years. Once I was in Germany around this time of year, and a department store had loads of disposable ones with chocolates behind little paper/cardboard doors. But what kind of store would have nicer, more permanent ones? Bonus points for specific store recommendations in Mainz (or the Frankfurt airport). I know I can probably buy one online, but I'd like to buy it on my trip.
posted by kestrel251 on Oct 29, 2013 - 11 answers

No-Christmas Christmas

I'm interested in passing Christmas (24/25 December) somewhere that does not celebrate Christmas at that time. The shops and monuments should be open, the people should be doing their thing, and life should be going on more-or-less as normal. For a number of reasons, I'm particularly interested in doing this in a place that celebrates the Orthodox Christmas (6/7 January). Have any of you spent the holiday season in such a country? Which one? What was going on during the 24/25 Dec? Would you recommend visiting? I'm also curious to hear about your New Year's experiences in those places, but it is less important. (If you have a really awesome idea in another region I'll hear you out for the sake of others who may have a similar question.)
posted by whatzit on Sep 13, 2013 - 25 answers

Feed the Jews

What is the best place to eat Chinese food for lunch tomorrow (Christmas) in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bq on Dec 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Finding a Christmas treat from the past

Hello We are looking for a Christmas treat. They were toffee like almonds but I have googled this and only find recipes for toffee almonds. They are sugary, crunchy and In Australia around the late 1980s. We can remember having them but can't seem to remember their name. Any help will be appreciated. Angela
posted by nassep on Dec 21, 2012 - 11 answers

10 degrees of latitude south

GiftFilter: Gifts for an outdoorsy teenager trapped in the burbs. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Dec 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Good online source for Christmas carol tabs?

Anyone know of a reliable source for guitar tabs/chords for Christmas carols on the web? [more inside]
posted by freem on Dec 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Quirky gifts for cheap-ish

Interesting gifts for my family - give me some inexpensive gift ideas for weird, funny, creative, or out of the ordinary gifts. Bonus if I can order them online and get them on time for Xmas, still. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Dec 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Roadblock: Who wants to get down?

Every year for our gift exchange, there's a theme. This year the theme is kind of action - adventure related, think about some of the activities on the Amazing Race. I'd like to give something more "do something" than "get something" this year, given the following parameters: I'm looking for things like zip lines, running-related, climbing activities, bungee jumping, etc. I don't live in the area so the phone / email / online part is important since I can't go down in person.
posted by curse on Dec 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Christmas Proposal Ideas?

Little help with Christmas proposal ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2012 - 13 answers

Help to be become a better xmas shopper

How do I become better at buying presents? I procrastinate every xmas because I can't decide what to buy people, the biggest obstacle, I worry the recipient won't like it. Need a breakthrough, what's your super gift-buying workflow? [more inside]
posted by razzman on Dec 3, 2012 - 27 answers

Where can we get a corner Christmas tree?

Help me find a quarter/corner Christmas tree. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Nov 26, 2012 - 10 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

How to manage family Christmases when our kid doesn't believe in Santa Claus, but her cousins do?

How to manage family Christmases when our kid doesn't believe in Santa Claus, but her cousins do? [more inside]
posted by bunglin jones on Dec 12, 2011 - 29 answers

Oh, oh, fake mistletoe

Best fake mistletoe to order online or pick up in NYC? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Dec 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Can you help me generate a playlist of unusual artist/xmas song pairings?

I recently saw a video that makes me want to create a playlist of unusual/surreal Christmas music. That is to say, odd pairings or covers of classic Christmas songs. I have a small set of criteria inside. What do you got? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Nov 18, 2011 - 45 answers

Wish Book Please!

How do I get a FLOOD of Christmas catalogs? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Oct 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me pick the best xmas card every

I need the awesomest secular Christmas card ever to send out for my small business. Please show me your funny or cool suggestions. [more inside]
posted by bq on Sep 27, 2011 - 21 answers

Lovely Weather for Whiskey Shots Together With You

I live in Chicago. I would like to spend Christmas in a bar. What bars are going to be open on Christmas? What bars would be likely to be open on Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Dec 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Christmas Lights in South Jersey and Philly

My family and I are going to drive around the Philly / South Jersey area to look at Christmas lights. Pretty displays are good, garish displays are better! (we hear Hershey PA has some kickass lights, but it's unfortunately too far away for our purposes.)
posted by troublewithwolves on Dec 20, 2010 - 8 answers

How to divide Christmas when families are so far apart?

How to reconcile Xmas when are families are so far away from each other? [more inside]
posted by alchemist on Dec 20, 2010 - 10 answers

Seasonal gift giving dilemma

Did I give her an xmas gift? Should I be giving her a(n another) xmas gift? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Dec 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Why does stuff disappear from Costco.com website without an out of stock indication?

Why does stuff disappear from Costco.com website without an out of stock indication? [more inside]
posted by Twinedog on Dec 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Tree of Life

Oh Christmas Tree - Our tree is too big for our stand, yet we love it. What's the best to keep it watered using cheap engineering tactics? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Dec 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Google has nothing for 'arthritis-friendly purse'

I’m looking for a purse with several credit/debit card holders that hold the card(s) snugly but are easy to remove for someone with severe arthritis in their hands (think claws). Recipient is in their 70’s, female, with plain tastes. We’re in the UK so it’d be great if the item could be a) purchased online with guarantee of delivery before Xmas or b) bought in a department store like Marks & Spencer or Debenhams.
posted by She Kisses Wyverns on Dec 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Philips alarm clock

Where can I buy a Philips AJ3050 (or AJ3051) alarm clock radio? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Dec 12, 2010 - 3 answers

gift recomendation?

21 year old nephew Christmas gift recommendation? he is going to Austria for a semester from states loves to ski.loves food.
posted by dougiedd on Dec 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Gift ideas for my boyfriend’s dad?

Help me pick a great gift for my boyfriend’s dad. I’m spending Christmas Day with my partner’s family. They do a Kris Kringle for the adults, and I’ve drawn my partner’s father. I’ve only met him twice (the dad, not my partner). He seems lovely but I have absolutely no idea what to get him. I’ve asked my boyfriend of course, but he is not exactly brimming with ideas. Help! [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Dec 1, 2010 - 20 answers

Bonus points if it can go off at 3:30 am.

Chrismahannukwanzaafilter: My sister has yet to send a real wishlist for my nieces, and the naughty uncle, Mister Fabulous, wants to make her pay in sanity! What is the most annoying toy for this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Nov 23, 2010 - 51 answers

Hope You Have a Happy Thanksgiving Even Though You'll Be Eating That Whole Turkey By Yourself

How can we cheer up someone who will be alone for the holidays, without actually inviting them to a party or something? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Nov 20, 2010 - 21 answers

Know any good Australian xmas charity gift registers?

Know any good Australian xmas charity gift registers? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Nov 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Should I buy another candelabra?

Does Kwanzaa really exist? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Nov 3, 2010 - 33 answers

Tell me what to buy myself for xmas!

What cool tech toy should I buy? My family isn't doing presents this year. Given that, I'm taking the money I would have spent on them (or rather, them on me), and buying myself something fun. Trouble is, I can't figure out what that fun should be... [more inside]
posted by cgg on Dec 14, 2009 - 22 answers

Christmas pudding stock

My Christmas pudding has just boiled for six hours and is now hanging happily. But what can I do with the water it boiled in? It smells so delicious and rich, buttery and brandy, yet I can find nothing through Google for ideas. Dessert soup? Sauce?
posted by bwonder2 on Dec 7, 2009 - 6 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

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

Where to snowboard and sightsee at Christmas?

Great places worldwide for a two week snowboarding and sightseeing holiday around Christmas time? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Aug 14, 2009 - 7 answers

I'm looking for some specific spooky Christmas music, can you help me?

Some time ago either on MeFi or BoingBoing there was a link to a bunch of songs that I *swear* were Christmas songs played in the wrong key or one half-tone down or something... Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about and where I could find this (again)? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Dec 24, 2008 - 8 answers

This is such a crazy long shot

Heroin addict decides to face her habit so she moves to the bucolic Scottish (or Irish, somewhere in the UK at any rate) countryside, meets a (decades-older) blind farmer, falls in love, kicks the habit, eventually has to grieve his death, starts writing luminous poetry, publishes... but what is her name, or the name of her book? (last-minute, last-ditch Xmas-gift-filter) [more inside]
posted by Aubergine on Dec 23, 2008 - 4 answers

Snowboarding Gift Ideas

I'm looking for gift ideas for a family member who is into snowboarding. He already has all the basics but I do know he needs a new pair of goggles (which shouldn't be hard to find). I'm also interested in any cool accessories that you could recommend beyond the basic stuff your average snowboarder would have. The price range I'm looking for is around $50. Thanks in advance!
posted by adustum on Dec 18, 2008 - 13 answers

Ho, ho, ho, Merry frickin Xmas!

I need Xmas gift ideas for someone who has everything! Help! [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Dec 15, 2008 - 21 answers

Where to find last year's Furla handbag

Help me find a great handbag for my wife! I've really taken a liking to the Furla Frida as in this Sartorialist pic (handbag on the left). I can't find it anywhere as it came out last year (except for $600 in the UK). I've done all of the top line google searches etc... Please post suggestions of places to look or for similar items if you know of any. I'm also in LA if there are appropriate brick and mortar solutions. Used is great too.
posted by guruguy9 on Dec 9, 2008 - 11 answers

Book-Hungry Mother

[Xmas Filter] I'm doing my Christmas shopping, and I'm a bit stuck on what I need to get my mother. She likes culinary-cultural history books, preferably with recipes. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Dec 9, 2008 - 40 answers

His name is MacGyver. He can fix anything.

Help me create a MacGyver.-theme silly present. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Dec 8, 2008 - 18 answers

Saks Fifth Ave Christmas Music?

Where can I procure a copy of the rendition of Carol of the Bells that Saks Fifth Ave (NYC) has used at their flagship store over the past few years? [more inside]
posted by OTA on Nov 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Xmas in NYC. Stay? Eat? Fun?

Xmas in NYC - where to stay? where to eat? what to do? [more inside]
posted by you're only jung once on Nov 3, 2008 - 12 answers

Where Does it Snow in Europe at Christmas?

Europe: Where does it Snow for Xmas? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Aug 31, 2008 - 11 answers

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