CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 5, 2012

What is Your Most Memorable Christmas Experience?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS is seeking answers to the following question:

What is your most memorable Christmas experience?

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Several years ago I approached people in various places—malls, restaurants, even on the streets—asking them to share their happiest Christmas experience. At the time I was writing for a local newspaper and wanted to develop the responses into a Christmas story.

I learned a couple of things from the experience.

First, I was asking the wrong question. One woman told me a bittersweet story about her third Christmas—she had received a Christmas ornament from her older brother who was serving overseas in the military. He became a war casualty three months later, but she cherishes the ornament.

The question should be “most memorable.”

Second, people want to share, need to share. I listened to numerous wonderful memories, writing down the stories. When I asked for the person’s name they held back (even though I had made it clear I was asking them for a newspaper story). What they relished was someone who would listen to their story—just listen. I heard many stories I couldn’t use for my article.

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS is seeking answers to the following question: What is your most memorable Christmas experience? I am asking people I meet at the mall, in restaurants, and on the street.

In so doing I asked myself Why not ask my readers the question, and give them the opportunity to respond.

WHAT IS YOUR STORY?

So my question to you is: What is your most memorable Christmas experience?

I invite you to share your happy, bittersweet, or funny story with me

  • By using the comment box below—you need not use your real name (but the story should be real).
  • By emailing it to me at chollandnews at yahoo.com.

I will weave the stories into a Christmas post for your enjoyment.

Thank you for sharing.

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