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Have you ever had a holiday disaster?

December 04, 1997

December holidays usually are portrayed in soft- focus images of families gathered around festive tables, contented children playing under a glowing tree with long wished-for toys, a loving couple sharing a New Year's Eve kiss.

Sometimes reality is not so picture-perfect.

Did your cat or your kids ever knock over the Christmas tree? Did your dog eat the handmade gingerbread ornaments it took you three days to paint? Or did he sneak into the kitchen and devour the holiday turkey like the neighbors' hounds in the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story?"

We'd like to hear about our readers' holiday disasters and how they survived them.

Contact Kate Coleman in one of the following ways:

* Call 301-733-5131 or 1-800-626-6397, extension 2341, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

* e-mail your response to life@herald-mail.com

* fax it to 301-714-0245

* Write in care of Holiday Disasters, The Herald-Mail Co., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, Md. 21741.

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Include your name, age, town of residence and a daytime phone number. The deadline is noon Friday, Dec. 12.

We'll share some of your stories in Lifestyle, Sunday, Dec. 28.

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