AN ENJOYABLE aspect of the holidays is taking part in the same activities year after year. It might be going to a farm with your family to cut down a Christmas tree. It might be making potato latkes during Hanukah. Or roasting chestnuts on an open fire, going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house, or riding in a one-horse open sleigh -- we get carried away in Weekend because we love holiday activities, especially our unique tradition, now in its 10th year: the annual wrapping paper design contest.
Once again we're asking young artists to respond creatively to our call. We want Washington area kids to design their own holiday gift wrap and send it to us. If our judges pick your paper as the winner, it will be printed inside Weekend as a sheet of wrapping paper for hundreds of thousands of readers to use. And we'll print a photo of you and your winning design on the cover of Weekend. We'll also choose finalists in several age categories who will receive T-shirts and have their names and artwork appear in the section.
Here are the guidelines and rules:
* The contest is open to children ages 12 and younger.
* On the back of your entry, write your name, age, telephone number and address.
* Bold, bright colors and repetitive patterns will probably work best.
* No commercial characters, please. (That means no designs featuring SpongeBob SquarePants or Barbie.)
* The finished design will be 12-by-21 inches in size, so it's best to make your design that size or close to it.
* Please don't use a computer. Use crayons, paint, pencils, chalk, construction paper cutouts, whatever.
* Don't use store-bought stamping tools. You may make your own stamps out of potatoes or erasers.
Send your entry to: Weekend Wrapping Paper, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.
Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 29. We'll contact the winners by Dec. 7.
Sorry, but because of the volume of mail, entries will not be returned.
Questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.