Share your Christ­mas story

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Every­one has a story to tell. And there is no time for sto­ry­telling like Christ­mas.

The Com­pass is ex­tend­ing an open in­vi­ta­tion to our read­ers to use our pages to share your Christ­mas sto­ries, in your own words.

We have of­ten heard adults speak­ing to chil­dren about their own child­hood rec­ol­lec­tions of Christ­mas.

The yarns usu­ally be­gin with: “ When I was your age, for Christ­mas we got...”

Chil­dren grow­ing up in the age of iPods, text mes­sag­ing and Twit­ter have no way of know­ing what Christ­mas was like in the 20th cen­tury.

But those of you whose child­hood can be traced any­time be­tween the 1940s and ‘80s do. And that’s what makes your child­hood Christ­mas so vastly dif­fer­ent from the one your chil­dren and grand­chil­dren will ex­pe­ri­ence in De­cem­ber 2009.

The con­trast be­tween then and now is what makes the changes brought about by the pas­sage of time so in­ter­est­ing.

Your own per­sonal mem­ory of Christ­mas past could be about a spe­cial toy or gift you re­ceived, a long lost friend who showed up un­ex­pect­edly, an in­ter­est­ing yarn told by a se­nior, a chance en­counter with Santa, or the time you went jan­ny­ing and...

It doesn’t even have to be about your child­hood or some­thing that hap­pened 40 or 50 years ago. It could be about some­thing that hap­pened last Christ­mas, or any time of the year. Just think about some­thing in­ter­est­ing that hap­pened and let your imagination do the rest.

Not too fancy

Don’t worry about hav­ing to be too fancy with the writ­ing. Our ed­i­tors will doll it up and put a nice colour­ful Christ­mas bow on it for you.

We’re just looking for a brief story. Start off as if you were writ­ing a let­ter to a friend and don’t stop un­til you have about 500 words. Make it short, sweet and to the point.

Fri­day Dec. 11 will be the dead­line for all sub­mis­sions, which must be signed by the writer. Please in­clude your tele­phone num­ber in case we need to con­tact you for clar­i­fi­ca­tion. Your phone num­ber will not ap­pear in the pa­per.

We look for­ward to read­ing your Christ­mas mem­o­ries and shar­ing them with our read­ers.

Your sto­ries will ap­pear in our spe­cial Christ­mas is­sue on Dec. 22

While all sto­ries will be sub­ject to edit­ing, to save time in type­set­ting, we would pre­fer if sto­ries could be e-mailed to: ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

If e-mail­ing is not pos­si­ble, your sub­mis­sions can be Faxed to: 709596-1700

Mailed to: P.O. Box 760, Carbonear NL A1Y 1C3 or dropped off at our of­fice, 176 Wa­ter Street, Carbonear.

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