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CONTEST: The Great Holiday Contest!
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Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Dec-10-2007 00:14

We thought we'd give Anikka an early present, since she’s been working so hard all year on the contests, and let her have a bit of a break....;-)

So...Wish On a Star is pleased to announce the Great Holiday Contest!

The premise is simple. Tell us about a holiday, any December or January holiday of your choosing (and yes, this includes the Southern Hemisphere too). It can be Hanukkah, Christmas, Rhamadan, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, the Winter Solstice, hey, we'll even take International Hug a Tiger Day. ;-D

The rules aren't much more complicated either. You can use any format you like--prose, poetry, story, haiku, song, whatever. The more original and creative it is, the better! Spelling, punctuation, and basic mechanics DO count, as always. And the piece MUST be about a holiday, in one form or another. Does it have to refer to Sleuth, or mystery or noir genres? Not really, no, but if you can tie them in, it’ll be a bonus.

And for those who think they're not 'writers' or proficient English speakers, we’d REALLLLLLY like to see as many entries as possible. We're judging on effort, not on perfection. So give it a shot, you just might surprise yourself!!

Entries are due by 11:59 SERVER time, December 31st, so get your thinking caps on, and like the elves, get to work!! ;-D

(A word of advice: We're looking for holidays that fall between December 1 and February 10. Don’t bother trying to submit something about May Day; it won’t fly. ;-)


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Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Dec-31-2007 18:30

Jas' Christmas Delight!

4 cups of family.
2 cups of kids running around, excitedly awaiting the opening of their presents.
A pinch of white as snow, fluffy mashed potatoes.
2 teaspoons of the fresh smell of homemade pumpkin pie.
1 honey-smoked turkey, courtesy of Uncle.
A dash of modeling off our gifts, especially those oh-so tighty whities...
4 tablespoons of stuffed tummies.

Coupled together with laughter, love, thankfulness, and lots of blessings to make this the perfect holiday on the west!

While most of the family has dwindled down, and the kids are all grown. I still remember good ole' Gramps, modeling around in his Christmas wear. The family laughed, as he showed his white chicken legs. Grams was in the kitchen busily preparing for the huge feast that was about to be set upon our eyes, never once complaining that she was tired. We all waited in anticipation for grams hommade mashed potatoes...poor grams, she could never make enough!! And after all the presents were unwrapped, and all was said and done, nothing topped it off like singing Christmas tunes. Although we were awful, and the neighbors probably turned up the radio at the sound of our tunes, it always seemed to bring us laughter.

It wasn't about the presents under the tree, or even food upon the table. It wasn't about the Christmas tree and decorations, or even the the Christmas carols. It was about being together as a family, and giving thanks to all we had. It was about the laughter and love that filled the house, a time to come together and truly remember how blessed we all were to have such a tight-knit and caring family. And of course, we always made sure to give thanks to our dear Savior's birth and all that he has done for us.

This is the recipe that I hold dear to my heart, as it's a reminder of what Christmas, and the holiday season is really about...a recipe that will never part!

brick84
brick84
Sleuth About Town

Jan-1-2008 13:30

Amen, Sister Jas! Amen! :-)

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Jan-1-2008 20:11

Thank you all for the fantastic entries. We'll have some chatting around the water cooler, and let you know the results shortly!!

We hope everyone has had a Wonderful Holiday, whichever one you celebrate!! ;-D

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Jan-3-2008 23:23

We had nine fantastic entries, and our judges had a tough time choosing between them. All of you are to be congratulated for your great work!! So thank you very much. ;-D

The first place winner is Ctown, for his Sleutherized version of "T'was the Night Before Christmas." Congratulations, Ctown!

Our second place goes to Red Lips, for her Aussie Christmas poem. Congratulations, Red Lips!

Third place belongs to Lady Jas, for her Christmas Recipe Delight. Congratulations, Lady Jas!

Ctown, Red Lips, and Lady Jas will be receiving gifts from Wish On a Star. Again, thank you everyone for a glorious holiday!!

Anikka
Anikka
Babelfish

Jan-3-2008 23:25

Congratulations to all the entrants, from Wish On A Star!!

brick84
brick84
Sleuth About Town

Jan-4-2008 11:32

Way to Go to all the winners. And thanks to Wish On A Star.
This was a way cool contest!

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Jan-5-2008 08:05

Wow, a first place win, I guess it's time to give the acceptance speech,
*clears throat*

Thanks to Wish on a Star for creating not only this contest, but all the others that Anikka has in the past, they are always alot of fun.

I would like to thank the members of my agency for all their hard work within the Treasure Hunts.

Thanks to my co-director lilangel for her help in composing this entry.

But mostly, I would like to thank, ME!!!!! without my extreme talent and creativity, none of this would be possible! :-P

Seriously, thanks to all who participated, we had some great stories and conrgats go out to the other winners as well.

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