We want you to share your hol­i­day mem­o­ries

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

When a hand­ful of big-box stores were al­ready dis­play­ing Christ­mas trees ear­lier this fall next to the Hal­loween candy, you could shake your head and walk on down the aisle.

But now that Thanks­giv­ing’s been re­duced to left­overs, there’s no deny­ing it any­more. We’re ex­actly a month away. Christ­mas is com­ing. It’s on.

And although Black Fri­day and Small Busi­ness Satur­day are steer­ing the week­end, this mes­sage isn’t a clar­ion call to go out and shop ‘til you drop. Ac­tu­ally, it’s an ap­peal to our read­ers to stop, re­mem­ber and share.

What we’re look­ing for are your fa­vor- ite Christ­mas mem­o­ries, to be com­piled in an ar­ti­cle we will pub­lish on Fri­day, Dec. 23, just as we all — hope­fully — start to un­wind for the sea­son.

Ev­ery­one has a hol­i­day tale to tell, and we’d be pleased to hear yours. In years past, read­ers have told sto­ries of for­give­ness, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and redemp­tion, as fam­ily mem­bers long es­tranged re­con­nected and so­lid­i­fied their bond. Read­ers have shared sto­ries of their par­ents, grand­par­ents and great-grand­par­ents, and how cen­turies-old tra­di­tions from else­where were hon­ored and kept alive here. They have also told of new tra­di­tions. Read­ers have shared hol­i­day tales of chil­dren’s first Christ­mases, fa­vorite toys and fa­vorite foods. They’ve told us of the joys of hol­i­days past, sto­ries that have al­ready been passed among fam­ily and friends.

So you get the idea. Your Christ­mas mem­o­ries can be funny, sweet or poignant, but we want to hear from you.

Here’s how you can share your mem­o­ries: Email your sub­mis­sions to Mar y Ann Clark at mclark@somd­news.com. You can also mail them to Christ­mas Mem­o­ries, c/o Mar y Ann Clark, The En­ter­prise, P.O. Box 700, Lex­ing­ton Park, MD 20653. Tell your stor y as com­pletely as pos­si­ble, in your own words, but please try to keep it to about 300 words. Please in­clude your tele­phone num­ber (not for pub­li­ca­tion, but just in case we have any ques­tions) and your town of res­i­dence.

Words are only part of the pack­age, though. What’s Christ­mas with­out pictures? We wel­come your pho­to­graphs to ac­com­pany your sto­ries, ei­ther dig­i­tally or through the mail.

If you mail Christ­mas mem­ory pho­tos along with your sub­mis­sion, make sure to in­clude a re­turn ad­dress so we can get them back to you after pub­li­ca­tion. And if your hol­i­day pho­tos from the past are im­pos­si­ble or im­prac­ti­cal, we could cer­tainly come out and take a pho­to­graph of you to use with the ar­ti­cle.

And since we’re ask­ing you to per­form like news­pa­per re­porters for a day, we’ll in­tro­duce you to an as­pect of the job we deal with all the time: a dead­line. We’ll need your sub­mis­sions no later than the close of busi­ness on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 14. That will al­low us time to care­fully pre­pare your Christ­mas mem­o­ries for pub­li­ca­tion.

Thank you in ad­vance for help­ing the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent con­tinue what has al­ready be­come a tra­di­tion of its own. We look for­ward to hear­ing from you, and we look for­ward to help­ing you share your hol­i­day mem­o­ries with our com­mu­nity.

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