We want you to share your holiday memories
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Please include your telephone number (not for publication, but just in case we have any questions) and your town of residence.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.