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Friday, December 02, 2005

Send us your holiday photos

Every family has holiday traditions.

We'd like your help in learning about some of your family traditions. Coming up in the next few weeks will be our annual outdoor holiday light edition as well as a special family holiday photo album.

Traditions come in two varieties-those that are carefully nurtured and handed down, generation to generation, and those you'd be glad to be without.

Of the latter variety, I know the holidays are upon us because somewhere in the house, the plumbing will go out.
It's a tradition handed down from my parents. If we ever had plumbing problems when I was growing up, it was always around the holidays.
My father could wield a plunger as deftly as a turkey carving knife.

This is one tradition which has followed me in the years since leaving that home.

This year it was the dishwasher. The drain pump has only one job, as far as I can tell, and it wasn't doing it.

I'm not exactly sure what the problem was because the plumber only mumbled the diagnosis. I suspect he feared I would figure out that dishwasher science and rocket science are two quite different things.

All this the day before Thanksgiving, no less. I hate doing dishes anyway, but the prospect of loads of hand-washed Thanksgiving dinner dishes put a chill into the holiday.

I should have known it was coming, but for some reason I always hope this year the curse (I mean tradition) will be broken.
The traditions that we'd like to hear about and share with our other readers are more pleasant in nature, and some of my family's favorites as well- Christmas lights and holiday photos.

My parents favored the big colored bulbs on the house where I grew up. You don't see them much anymore. I suppose no one can afford to keep them on in this era of high energy costs.

As for photographs, my collection of Christmas pictures go back to early 1957, when my father got his first camera and began shooting slides of every family event.

I've carried on the tradition in the years since leaving home.

Much to my children's dismay, I still make them wait for a photo of them coming down the stairs on Christmas morning, just as my parents made us wait years ago.

Do you have your lights up and holiday photos unpacked? We'd like to hear from you.

In our Thursday, Dec. 22 edition of The Week, we're planning our annual tribute to outdoor holiday lights. If you'd like to nominate your home, or a friend or neighbors, send us an e-mail and we'll add it to our list of homes to check out. If you have a photo and would like to send it along to help convince us, that would be great too.

For our Christmas day edition, we're planning a Walworth County Holiday Photo album. We're asking readers to submit a favorite holiday family photo for publication.

Older photos are better, or at least more entertaining to look at.

Photos can be dropped off, mailed or e-mailed. We'll make sure all the prints are returned. Include the names of people in the photo, along with when and where it was taken.

We'll print the ones we receive in the next few weeks, and perhaps this will be the start of a whole new holiday tradition.

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