Weekend's Holiday Wrapping Paper Contest

See finalists and some of the judges' other favorites in Weekend's annual Holiday Wrapping Paper Contest.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

'Twas the day before Christmas and all through The Post,

No wrapping was found when I needed it most!

Then what to my wandering eyes should appear

But Kate Lanman's wrapping paper, full of holiday cheer!

The penguins in striped hats, how they made me grin,

I knew in a moment this one must win!

Several hundred children entered Weekend's annual Holiday Wrapping Paper Contest, and of the 12 finalists, online readers overwhelmingly chose Kate Lanman's colorful entry as the winner.

The 7-year-old Arlington girl achieved a perfect combination of quirky and traditional with her design of penguins and Christmas trees with intricately detailed patterns trimmed in gold. A blue painted background and snowflakes added a touch of winter fun to the entry.

Inspiration came from two sources: a magazine with patterned trees and wrapping paper with penguins. The rest came from the budding artist's imagination.

"I found some patterns out by [using] different lines," said Kate, a second-grader at Patrick Henry Elementary School. "It's just always been fun to me. I sort of like just doodling around."

There was a special guest judge this year: JoEllen Murphy, a former Washington Post art designer who thought up the idea for the wrapping paper contest in 1995.

"It had everything going for it: great design elements, great color," Murphy said of Kate's entry. "Plus the penguins were just adorable. I had a feeling from the first time I saw it that it was the winner."

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