FAIRBANKS—Happy holidays to all our readers! See, that was my Six Words greeting.
As promised, here are the winning entries in our latest Six Words contest, along with ]many of the fine submissions that we received. Several of you sent in more than one entry, which we encouraged, but we’re publishing only one per person here so we can get more of you on the page.
Our theme for this contest was “My favorite holiday/Christmas memory.” Readers sent in some funny ones, some touching ones, and some only-in-Fairbanks ones. We enjoyed them all.
But, alas, the task of the judges is to find a few that gave us an extra chuckle or moved us in a particular holiday way.
So here are out three winners, in alphabetical order:
Daddy, why are the handlebars backwards?
—Sharon and Mike Cook, Fairbanks
Mom humming while mashing the potatoes.
—Julie Johnson, North Pole
The judges used their discretion in choosing this extra-special one, which is a series of four entries, each capable of standing alone but that when put together tell the story of one family memory:
Mom laughing merrily, her last Christmas.
Dad smiling gaily at Mom, winking.
Happy sibs, with so many kids!
All of us, together for Christmas!
—Sandy Speed, Fairbanks
To our three winners, we’ll be in touch soon about your small prize.
Thank you all for sharing your holiday memories with us, even in six little words.
—Rod Boyce, Managing editor
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Stockings are filled, Wonder is spreading
—Daniella F. Conkey, fourth grade
Ticasuk Brown Elementary School
Explaining that shooting star was Rudolph.
—Dawn Webb, Bush Alaska
Going down hills with colorful sleds.
—Paige Tvenge, age 9
Having my family and friends together.
—Monica Ketzler, Fairbanks
Frozen turkey swinging from backhoe bucket.
—Tami Thye-Harold, Grand Junction, Colo.
(born and raised in Fairbanksan)
Cocoa and caroling; laughter and love.
—Susan Stevenson, North Pole
Biggest stocking ever! Handmade by Mom.
—Lael M. Oldmixon, Fairbanks
Every Christmas spent with my family
—Corinne Gould, Fairbanks
Pregnant with 1st @ age 35!
—Christina Concepcion, Fairbanks
Army husband coming home from Korea.
—Angela Benjamin, North Pole
Harvesting a Christmas tree with family
—Torre Jackson, Fairbanks
Sleeping under our tree, lights on!
—Diana Sparacino, Ester
From The Winford family, of Fairbanks:
Finding lots of my stocking stuff!
—Andrew, age 8
Yelling, “It is Christmas morning! Christmas!”
—Catherine, age 8
Long vacation — a break from school
—Jack, age 12
Gummy bears in a stuffed stocking
Looking back. Smiling. Time drifts forward.
Family, Friends, Praying, Recovery, Healing, Blessed
—Alice Hoffman, Fairbanks
Received my doll with hair! 1941!
—Ruth Jolly Knapman, Fairbanks
Pear suspended in Grandma's red Jell-O
—Joanne Klumb, Fairbanks
Hanging homemade ornaments: rekindle Christmases Past
—Elaine Carroll Johnston, Fairbanks
Gazing northern lights for Santa's sleigh
—Carolyn Gortmaker, Delta Junction
Midnight Mass, children's pageants, music, family
—Ellen Brown, Fairbanks
The Christmas dress daddy bought me.
—Crystal Thompson, Fairbanks
Christmas Eve accident. New Year's miracle.
—Helen Arnold, North Pole
Excitement, Joy and Hope. Santa's coming!
—Mary Lynch, Fairbanks
From the Church family, of Fairbanks:
Found orange in stocking, it's real!
A-frame house; will Santa slide off?
Hope Reindeer sausage doesn't mean naughty.
Tree sparkling. Me awake, anxiously awaiting.
Sparkling lighted houses in our village
—Dot Keith, Fairbanks
Grandma's gift of tanned moosehide slippers.
—Princess Lucaj, Fairbanks
My wedding, five days after Christmas!
—Dr. Jeanne Bramer, Fairbanks
Four generations gathered together last Christmas.
—Susan Mcgraw, Fairbanks
Making family laugh performing as Elvis
I hope they kept the receipt.
—Renee Akin, North Pole
Christmas blizzard surrounded by family warmth!
—Anne Lafferty, Fort Greely
New pound kitten climbs Christmas tree!
—Evangeline Hammond, Fairbanks
Surprised with music and engagement ring!
—Jennifer Davis, Fairbanks
Laughing kids, colorful lights, hot coffee.
—Joe Durrenberger, Fairbanks
Twinkling lights and a crackling fire.
—Grace Nakamoto, Montrose, Colo., originally from Fairbanks
Little sister, little brother, my family.
—Adeline Olivia Vent
Three girls in wrapping-paper remains
—Libbie Martin, Fairbanks
Joyful hearts, twinkling eyes... mincemeat pies.
—Jennifer Lindsoe, North Pole
Candy houses, baking smells, family, love.
—Ellen Cruse, Fairbanks
“O Holy Night” under northern lights”
—David Underwood, Fairbanks
Together in darkness, observing North star
—Tonya Esmailka, Fairbanks
Foggy glasses soon reveal fam(ily)!
—Esther Frykman, Fairbanks
Creamer's Christmas full moon midnight ski
—Sally O’Connell, Fairbanks
Flexible Flyers for all eight kids.
—Kevin Purcell, Fairbanks
Little Drummer Boy makes me weep.
—Carrie Jurgens, North Pole
Why is Santa wearing Grandpa’s boots?
—Shirley Wright, Delta Junction
Minnesota cousin, new ice skates shared.
Stringing popcorn chains for Christmas tree.
—Mary Healy, Delta Junction
Unknown hidden secrets in the closet
—Carol Young, Fairbanks
Four a.m., toy kitchen, Barbie dolls!
—Cindy Willford, North Pole
Family, Germany, gluhwein, bratwurst, stollen, lights...
—Rixa Evershed, UAF
Pushing wet snow into large balls!
—Nichelle Jacobson, UAF
Christmas today? Bush-dweller loses track.
—Ellen Wood, Fairbanks
Cold outside, warm inside, family gathers!
—Sandra Coutolenc, Fairbanks
Dazzling auroras during Christmas Eve service.
—Valda McMahan, Fairbanks
Arrived, talked, saw, ate, slept, departed.
—Jerry Fekete, Fairbanks
You and I walk. Beautiful lights.
—Sharon Isaacson, Fairbanks
Cold snowy day, Mom baking bread.
—Sue Christensen, Fairbanks
On Christmas we feed the homeless.
—Makala Lollis, age 10, Fairbanks
For Thanksgiving I ran a fundraiser.
—Mya Lollis, age 12, Fairbanks
I baked Christmas cookies for Santa.
—Ivy Jaden Shurley, age 7, Fairbanks
I ate all Mom’s turkey dinner.
—Autumn Millard, age 5, Fairbanks