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Holiday Lights Contest – Update

T    We have announced a Holiday Lights contest and given you the rules, which are pretty much no rules except you have to enter. Obviously this was too much. So let’s try again.

We are having a Christmas/Holiday Lights contest with a real prize for the winner (who will be whoever Buz and I think has the coolest display.) If you do enter (and there is still time!) you can be sure we’ll include you in the judging. But, because of the underwhelming response (exactly no entries), we’re changing the one rule. (We can do that because this is our contest)  Here it is:

You don’t have to enter.

Now, isn’t that easy enough? So, by unpopular demand, no effort whatsoever on your part is necessary. One night close to 12/25 we’ll cruise around and pick out our idea of the best. If we miss your house, that’s on you. You could’ve entered.

     Lola Lauri, Editor, Emerald Lakes Free Press

Holiday Decorating Contest for ELA Residents


Looks good, doesn't it?  But don't worry, it's Lola's house, so it's not eligible to win.

Looks good, doesn’t it? But don’t worry, it’s Lola’s house, so it’s not eligible to win.

We love the holidays, and we love the way so many of you have decorated your lawns and homes for the season.  So the Emerald Lakes Free Press is hosting the First Annual Emerald Lakes Holiday Decorating Contest. Yes, “holidays”.  Don’t pout because we didn’t say Christmas, because we will accept entries for any holiday you choose for your theme.  You can even get out your Easter decorations and put them up.  As long as they are actually out and on your lawn and house on the closing date of the contest, which is December 22, 2012, it is eligible to win.

And there ARE prizes.  We have a lovely gift basket, full of wine and good things to eat.  We have a gift certificate from our friends at the Speakeasy Lounge.  We have chocolate.  You know you want this stuff!

To enter, all you have to do is send a picture of the (outdoor) decorations from this year, and send it, along with the physical address of the home, here in Emerald Lakes (we will be driving around the check!), and the name of the homeowner or resident who did the decorating to  We will post these as soon as we get to them, and the voting opens immediately, so enter as soon as you can.  You can enter your own home, or nominate a neighbor, it’s all up to you.

To vote for your favorite, all you have to do is post a comment telling us which one you like best.  On December 23, 2012, Buz and I will count the comments and decide who the winners are, and will announce them right here, that night.

(Here’s the legal stuff, feel free to stop reading if you don’t care:  We will do our best to count the votes. We will try to count each email address only once.  If we get multiple votes from the same email address, we will only count the last one we receive.  If it gets really complicated, we will just give up and pick our favorites.  If there is a tie, we will flip a coin.  C’mon, it’s Christmas and we don’t have time to get into complicated math.)

So, get in the spirit and get decorating.  We can’t wait to see what you have done.

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