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Bill Jones, Editor
4:56 am CST December 5, 2019

We hope you weren’t sleeping on last week’s Holiday Guide.

Oh? You were “busy”? You “had some things”?

Well, fine. We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving dinner. We hope more so that everyone in your family is still talking. And we were crossing our fingers that you scored that discount television on Black Friday.

Now, if we can have but a moment of your time. In that Holiday Guide, we officially announced our Holiday Card Contest for 2019.

That’s right. It’s off and running.

Yes, right now. There’s not a minute to waste.

We’re looking for your custom and creative Christmas cards, those loud and proud year-end letters (we also enjoy the ones that make us laugh), pictures of your child’s first celebration, artistic interpretations of what the family would look like if they were actually happy together for the holidays, your all-time favorite Kwanzaa customs or Hanukkah handwritten blessings — whatever it is you send to the people you love to remind them you care this time of year.

We want to see your intricate paperwork. We want to hear who got a new job, how they’re spending the money and who is being left out (and why, please). We want holiday photos, be they riffs on your favorite National Lampoon movie or in the true spirit of the holiday.

Whatever it is you do to greet people for the holidays (just the family-friendly stuff, please), simply address these things to Managing Editor Bill Jones, and mail them to 11516 W. 183rd St. Unit SW Office Condo 3, Orland Park, IL, 60467. Make sure the items somewhere include a name and a phone number at which we can reach you, should you happen to win the contest, as well as your hometown.

We will accept submissions through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, because we, too, wait to do things until the last minute sometimes. The entries must be received (not postmarked) by that day, so make sure to give yourself enough time for holiday mail service.

The entries will be evaluated by our editorial staff and judged in two categories: Best in Show and Funniest, so tell us in which category you’d like to be considered. We will pick one winner in each of the categories from across all seven of the towns covered by 22nd Century Media’s Southwest office: Orland Park, Tinley Park, Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Lockport and Homer Glen.

In addition to awarding prizes (detailed in the accompanying sidebar), we plan to publish images or transcripts of our winners in print, along with a few of our other favorites.

We do have three rules.

• We are allowing only one entry per household for this contest.

• The entry must be from this holiday season.

• Because we’re living in a digital world, electronic entries are accepted. They can be sent to bill@opprairie.com.

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Holiday Card Contest 2019 Prizes

A look at what you can win in this year’s Holiday Card Contest

Best in Show

• Four $25 gift cards to Bonefish Grill, 15537 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park

• Four one-hour passes for racquetball/wallyball at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave. in Orland Park

• A $25 gift certificate for Tazza Italian Ristorante, 14065 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen

• $25 gift card for One Paper Place, 590 Bankview Drive, Suite B, in Frankfort

• A certificate good for $5 off a purchase of $10 or more at Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage, 16600 W. 159th St. in Lockport

Funniest

• A $100 gift card to Urban Air Adventure Park, 19800 S. LaGrange Road in Mokena

• Four $10 gift certificates for The Barrel Club, 4910 W. 111th St. in Oak Lawn

• Two hours of free bowling for up to six people, including shoe rentals, along with a pizza and pitcher full of pop, at Laraway Lanes, 1009 West Laraway Road in New Lenox

• Certificates for four free value baskets at Culver’s, 18248 Sayre Ave. in Tinley Park

• A certificate good for $5 off a purchase of $10 or more at Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage, 16600 W. 159th St. in Lockport