Brighten my yuletide
December 10, 2009 4:53 PM   Subscribe

I am spending Christmas Day alone in Portland, OR. What should I do with myself?

I will happily volunteer somewhere and I am open to suggestions for good volunteer gigs (or better yet, actual leads/contacts) from PDXers. Volunteering isn't likely to take up the whole day, though, and I'd really like to keep myself busy and my mind off of being alone. Any and all suggestions welcome.
posted by dchrssyr to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I hear many Buddhists and Jews end up playing go at Powell's downtown (or this at least happened once upon a time). We could have a bah-humbug meetup if other Portlanders are into it (I definitely would be).
posted by idiopath at 5:05 PM on December 10, 2009

Best answer: Here's a Portland Tribune article with contacts for holiday volunteering.
posted by ottereroticist at 5:19 PM on December 10, 2009

Chinese restaurants are open on Christmas.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:10 PM on December 10, 2009

I don't have any specifics here, but is there a spa anywhere within a few hours of you that might be open? A few years ago, a good friend of mine was in the same situation, and he drove to Calistoga and had the time of his life.
posted by Madamina at 8:19 PM on December 10, 2009

Best answer: Sorry I don't have any volunteer ideas for you, but I, too, will be alone for Xmas (a holiday I don't celebrate anyway) in Portland. I like idiopath's idea for a "bah humbug" meetup. Maybe we could meet at Powell's for coffee and board/card games?
posted by velvet winter at 7:44 PM on December 11, 2009

Sounds excellent to me.
posted by idiopath at 7:51 PM on December 11, 2009

posted by velvet winter at 10:15 PM on December 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

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