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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 11:20 am

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

editor@newsminer.co, Twitter: @FDNMeditor

Stockings are filled, Wonder is spreading

—Daniella F. Conkey, fourth grade

Ticasuk Brown Elementary School

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Explaining that shooting star was Rudolph.

—Dawn Webb, Bush Alaska

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Going down hills with colorful sleds.

—Paige Tvenge, age 9

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Having my family and friends together.

—Monica Ketzler, Fairbanks

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Frozen turkey swinging from backhoe bucket.

—Tami Thye-Harold, Grand Junction, Colo.

(born and raised in Fairbanksan)

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Cocoa and caroling; laughter and love.

—Susan Stevenson, North Pole

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Biggest stocking ever! Handmade by Mom.

—Lael M. Oldmixon, Fairbanks

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Every Christmas spent with my family

—Corinne Gould, Fairbanks

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Pregnant with 1st @ age 35!

—Christina Concepcion, Fairbanks

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Army husband coming home from Korea.

—Angela Benjamin, North Pole

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Harvesting a Christmas tree with family

—Torre Jackson, Fairbanks

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Sleeping under our tree, lights on!

—Diana Sparacino, Ester

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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

—Jill

Looking back. Smiling. Time drifts forward.

—Mark

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Family, Friends, Praying, Recovery, Healing, Blessed

—Alice Hoffman, Fairbanks

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Received my doll with hair! 1941!

—Ruth Jolly Knapman, Fairbanks

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Pear suspended in Grandma's red Jell-O

—Joanne Klumb, Fairbanks

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Hanging homemade ornaments: rekindle Christmases Past

—Elaine Carroll Johnston, Fairbanks

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Gazing northern lights for Santa's sleigh

—Carolyn Gortmaker, Delta Junction

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Midnight Mass, children's pageants, music, family

—Ellen Brown, Fairbanks

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The Christmas dress daddy bought me.

—Crystal Thompson, Fairbanks

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Christmas Eve accident. New Year's miracle.

—Helen Arnold, North Pole

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Excitement, Joy and Hope. Santa's coming!

—Mary Lynch, Fairbanks

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From the Church family, of Fairbanks:

Found orange in stocking, it's real!    

—Jennie Church

A-frame house; will Santa slide off?

—Vicky Church

Hope Reindeer sausage doesn't mean naughty.

—Karl Church

Tree sparkling. Me awake, anxiously awaiting.

—Patty Church

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Sparkling lighted houses in our village

—Dot Keith, Fairbanks

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Grandma's gift of tanned moosehide slippers.

—Princess Lucaj, Fairbanks

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My wedding, five days after Christmas!

—Dr. Jeanne Bramer, Fairbanks

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Four generations gathered together last Christmas.

—Susan Mcgraw, Fairbanks

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Making family laugh performing as Elvis

—Jennifer Webber

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I hope they kept the receipt.

—Renee Akin, North Pole

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Christmas blizzard surrounded by family warmth!

—Anne Lafferty, Fort Greely

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New pound kitten climbs Christmas tree!

—Evangeline Hammond, Fairbanks

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Surprised with music and engagement ring!

—Jennifer Davis, Fairbanks

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Laughing kids, colorful lights, hot coffee.

—Joe Durrenberger, Fairbanks

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Twinkling lights and a crackling fire.

—Grace Nakamoto, Montrose, Colo., originally from Fairbanks

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Little sister, little brother, my family.

—Adeline Olivia Vent

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Three girls in wrapping-paper remains

—Libbie Martin, Fairbanks

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Joyful hearts, twinkling eyes... mincemeat pies.

—Jennifer Lindsoe, North Pole

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Candy houses, baking smells, family, love.

—Ellen Cruse, Fairbanks

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“O Holy Night” under northern lights”

—David Underwood, Fairbanks

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Together in darkness, observing North star

—Tonya Esmailka, Fairbanks

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Foggy glasses soon reveal fam(ily)!

—Esther Frykman, Fairbanks

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Creamer's Christmas full moon midnight ski

—Sally O’Connell, Fairbanks

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Flexible Flyers for all eight kids.

—Kevin Purcell, Fairbanks

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Little Drummer Boy makes me weep.

—Carrie Jurgens, North Pole

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Why is Santa wearing Grandpa’s boots?

—Shirley Wright, Delta Junction

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Minnesota cousin, new ice skates shared.

—Darla Orr

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Stringing popcorn chains for Christmas tree.

—Mary Healy, Delta Junction

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Unknown hidden secrets in the closet

—Carol Young, Fairbanks

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Four a.m., toy kitchen, Barbie dolls!

—Cindy Willford, North Pole

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Family, Germany, gluhwein, bratwurst, stollen, lights...

—Rixa Evershed, UAF

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Pushing wet snow into large balls!

—Nichelle Jacobson, UAF

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Christmas today? Bush-dweller loses track.

—Ellen Wood, Fairbanks

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Cold outside, warm inside, family gathers!

—Sandra Coutolenc, Fairbanks

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Dazzling auroras during Christmas Eve service.

—Valda McMahan, Fairbanks

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Arrived, talked, saw, ate, slept, departed.

—Jerry Fekete, Fairbanks

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You and I walk. Beautiful lights.

—Sharon Isaacson, Fairbanks

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Cold snowy day, Mom baking bread.

—Sue Christensen, Fairbanks

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On Christmas we feed the homeless.

—Makala Lollis, age 10, Fairbanks

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For Thanksgiving I ran a fundraiser.

—Mya Lollis, age 12, Fairbanks

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I baked Christmas cookies for Santa.

—Ivy Jaden Shurley, age 7, Fairbanks

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I ate all Mom’s turkey dinner.

—Autumn Millard, age 5, Fairbanks

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