Holiday Contest: Enter now to win!

Holiday Contest: Enter now to win!

This is a guest post by Karen, MyHeritage’s country manager for Brazil.

Last week, my daughters were writing letters to Santa. First, they drew beautiful Christmas trees, snowy landscapes, sleds, and reindeer. This got them to thinking about what they would like for Christmas this year. My older daughter had something very definite in mind: a toy and a ski suit. My younger daughter, as she often does, looked around the kitchen and sought inspiration: “I think I would like some carrots, cookies, and something to play with.”

When they finished their letters, they looked at me and said, “And what about you, Mom? What do you want for Christmas?”

I paused to think about it, trying to decide whether to share with them my real wish for Christmas. I wasn’t sure if my girls would understand it, but I decided to take a chance — I ended up telling them that what I really wanted for Christmas is health — health for my mother.

Earlier this year, we discovered that my mom had cancer. It’s been a very tough year starting with surgery and followed by chemotherapy. She is now taking a break until the end of the year when she will begin radiation therapy. My daughters know well what my mother was going through, as I had decided early on that I would tell them the truth. I didn’t want to cover it up and say that Grandma was simply “tired.” They know that Grandma is sick, but that she’s doing everything in her power to get well soon.

I explained to them that, in these moments, we realize that health is what truly matters most in life. We can find an answer for almost everything else that we are going through, but often our health problems are out of our control.

My older daughter hugged me and said that she also wants to add health to her list, but that she would write health for the whole family.

And isn’t that such a perfect answer? Health, family, and being together with the people we love — that is what Christmas is really about.

What about you? Have you started thinking about your wishes this holiday season?

We want to know what your wishes are for your family and for yourself this year.

Write on a chalkboard (or sheet of paper) your wish for your family this Christmas, be it health, peace, good will, spending more time with family, or even finding your great-grandfather’s birth certificate. Send us a photo of yourself holding up your wish to, by December 23. Three lucky people will win an Amazon Kindle plus a private session with a professional family history researcher to help you break those brick walls and advance your family history research in the new year!

We’ll make a collage of all the finalists, and our users will be able to vote on which photo should win.

Good luck!



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  • Mary

    December 9, 2016

    Wanting all the pieces to fit together

  • Peter Bradshaw

    December 9, 2016

    I wish i could trace my Grand mother Dulcie Williamson I know she lived in Sydney and Cowra. Was married to my grand father Alfred Thomas Bradshaw at Saint Peters Church Sydney. My Father was born in Cowra New South Wales Australia.Her Mother Is Margaret Williamson Her Father Is Charlie Williamson i’m not sure if she was adoped or not some people say she mite be from the stollen generation cant trace her child hood

  • Janet

    December 10, 2016

    My family would like to know our origin. Who we come from how we came to be who we are. What struggles kept our blood line alive.

  • Eva Bills

    December 10, 2016

    I so want some photos from our school in Islington which l have tried for many years to obtain with no luck. I need help. We went to Grafton primary school maiden name was Hopkinson and we lived at 33a Seven Sisters Road our head mistress was Missouri Night it was in 1954 when we went there ,then in late 1958 we immigranted to Australia It would be the best Christmas present if anyone could help. Happy Christmas to All my email is
    Thank you x x

  • Anna Malsbary

    December 10, 2016

    I want to find a Aunt born around 1910 who disappeared with her Bro. in law around 1926 after her Br,’s funeral….a patient of Orient Mental hosp. was on leave for the funeral. His name was Gas Davis or Wm. Davis his wife was Vesper Davis they had a child already Doreen, she was preg. with 2nd child (Billy Davis) when the 2 went missing…..No one know’s where they went..Poss. Ky.Her name was Anna Malsbary born about 1910…..Cinti, Oh. It would be a great Xmax gift to find where they went & died.Looked up her name in Ky & found under Davis about 10…..?????? It would be a great Christmas gift to find them -where they went & if they had children????? Said she was to be punished when she got back to Orient Hosp. in Ohio. My sister at funeral was about 6 & said she was beautiful…..

  • Pamela K Waters

    December 10, 2016

    I really wish I knew where my Native American c9mes from.

  • Richard E. Raso

    December 11, 2016

    Found Michael Dougherty But just now looking for Terence Dougherty in St Louis Mo.about 1880.

  • Bonnie Nitti

    December 11, 2016

    I would love to find a picture of my grandfather Frank Nitti to see who my father’s dad was. My dad would of been 106 this yr. I have been searching for his picture since I was 18 and no luck. He was a truck farmer in the early 20 and came from Trigganio Italy, I have a huge family tree and need to add more to it so winning this part of my dream I can make this tree go farther. Those pieces could go to my next piece of the puzzle

  • Michael

    December 11, 2016

    I am very pleased with the colonel from the Czech military historical archives.
    I long to know to know where fought my grand-grandfather during the 1st World War. He returned home two years after the war. Nobody knews where he was. My mother said, that maybe in Italy. From the military archives they wrote me, that he was in captivity in Russia. And they sent me a photocopy of his document. It’s amazing that they are in Prague kept the old Austro-Hungarian military documents.

  • Cheryl Lynn Knox Hale

    December 12, 2016

    I would like to find the Indian roll number for George Washington Pate and Carrie Luvina (Wade) Pate. I think they were Choctaw.

  • Mistie norton

    December 24, 2016