A blizzard hit The Washington Post newsroom this month. But the flurries weren’t the powdery white kind. They were hundreds of holiday wrapping paper contest entries sent in by Washington area children, each as unique as a snowflake.
The Weekend and Going Out Guide staff dug through the drifts and, with help from local husband-and-wife artists Sean Hennessey and Rania Hassan, picked 12 designs that captured the spirit of the season in sometimes silly, sometimes thoughtful — but always creative — ways. Then we opened the voting to readers online to pick the winner.
From the beginning, 10-year-old Carolin Vorona’s design stood out. There were plenty of snowmen-themed entries, but Carolin managed to distinguish hers with lots of glitter and different outfits for each of the snowmen. The judges particularly liked the Western snowman, complete with mustache, hat and horseshoe.
“I wanted a couple funny ones and then a couple Christmasy ones,” Carolin says.
This is Carolin’s first year as a winner, but the Annandale native is no stranger to The Post’s contest, having entered three times before. She made the finals in 2009 and 2010 and was chosen for a spot in the “adorable mentions” gallery in 2011.
“Each of the entries had something I liked,” Hennessey says. “Some had a great use of patterns, others had a sophisticated use of color and many had a fun sense of imagination. The glittery snowmen had a balanced sense of all of the above.”
Check out a photo gallery of all the finalists’ entries as well as some “adorable mentions.”