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Light up your holidays

• Annual Holiday Sparkle contest begins

November 2, 2013
By SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - Lifestyles Editor ( , Times Leader

While we've experienced a stretch of unusually warm weather, probably the last thing on most people's minds are decorating for the holidays. Well, let me hit you with some hard facts: there are 25 days until Thanksgiving and 52 days until Christmas.

Yes, I realize you're just now packing up your Duck Dynasty Halloween costume (although that beard was really warm and cozy so maybe you'll keep that out a little longer), but while you're putting away your Halloween decorations, chances are you'll come across those little multi-colored strings of lights . . . and those shiny ornaments bulbs for your tree . . . .

Yup, it's that time.

And to kick-start your holiday, The Times Leader is once again having its Holiday Sparkle contest, where we will showcase 16 lovely Christmas trees and 16 brightly decorated homes in a special tab that will publish on Sunday, Dec. 16. Your tree or home can be included in this section - all you need to do is send us a photo! Get your home or tree decorated early, snap a few pictures and send us the best one!

We must receive your photo before 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. In addition, we will only publish the first 16 photos we receive in each category, so you must hurry if you want to be included!

Submit your photo in one of several ways: email it; upload it to our virtual newsroom under Society and the category "Holiday Sparkle"; or mail or drop off in person to Holiday Sparkle, c/o The Times Leader, 200 S. 4th St., Martins Ferry, Ohio, 43935. Please send high quality images, as they reproduce the best.

Thanks to our gracious sponsors Perkins Restaurant and Bakery and the Imperial Display Christmas Shoppe, the first 16 people to submit a photo in each category will receive a gift card from one of our sponsors. That's right - you get a gift card just for sending in a photo! How much easier can that get?

So it's not too soon to dust off those lights and start decorating while the weather still cooperates! Don't forget, you have to be one of the first 16 in either category to be included in the publication and to receive a gift card.

We can't wait to see your photos!



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