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Bill Jones, Editor
4:05 am CST December 12, 2019

The sales are running, the displays are stunning

Most everyone’s filled with cheer

We’re looking for cunning, we love us some punning

The contest is in high gear

So send us your best, we’ll put them to the test

Our mailbox overrunning

We’ll dub two #blessed, and as for the rest

Well, those we will be shunning

These questionable rhymes can only mean one thing: the Holiday Card Contest for 2019 is underway.

We’re looking for craft-forward Christmas wishes, clever year-end letters, fantastic photos capturing the soul of the holiday, drawings that’ll have our hearts thawing, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah electronica (an audio entry would be a first, but it’s more than welcome). Whatever it is you send to the people you love to help them make it through another Chicago winter, send one our way, too! (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.

• 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