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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What is the best place to eat Chinese food for lunch tomorrow (Christmas) in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bq
on Dec 24, 2012 -
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 -
GiftFilter: Gifts for an outdoorsy teenager trapped in the burbs. [more inside]
posted by zvs
on Dec 21, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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:
- Less than $100
- Probably within 1 - 2 hours drive of the East bay / Oakland / Walnut Creek, California
- Gift will be for an individual, but with a family, so family friendly preferred
- Will mail me a gift certificate / gift card online or via phone.
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Why does stuff disappear from Costco.com website without an out of stock indication? [more inside]
posted by Twinedog
on Dec 17, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What are the best movies set at Christmas that aren't actually Christmas movies? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi
on Nov 16, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
[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 -
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 -