Tell your story!

Published 8:57 am Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas is first and foremost a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It also serves as a time to honor long-standing family traditions, those handed down through the generations and lovingly kept alive in memory of our loved ones.

With that in mind, the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald and Gates County Index want to publish stories that are rich in Christmas tradition. It could be as simple as a certain ornament (or ornaments) passed down through generations that are hung each year on your tree. Or it could be a special recipe, still intact on a well-worn piece of paper, handed down by your ancestors that you still prepare each Christmas. Or it could be that your family has a tradition of helping those less fortunate during this most wonderful time of the year.

The possibilities are endless for these types of warm-hearted stories.

We want to hear your story. In 500 words or less, please email your Christmas tradition story to Be sure to include your name and hometown as well as sharing information on how this particular tradition began (to include the names of your ancestors). If there is a photo (or photos) available to help tell your story, attach those (as stand-alone JPEG images) to the same email.

These stories will publish the week of Christmas (either in our Dec. 23 or Dec. 25 editions). The deadline to have the copy/photos to us is Friday, Dec. 19.

Thanks in advance for letting us share with our readers your special holiday traditions. Merry Christmas to all!