I had an amazing idea
But then I got stuck trying to come up with a really good prize that would actually motivate people to put on an ugly sweater and take a picture and send it to a relative stranger on the Internet.
But then I stumbled on something awesome. Keep reading. You'll see.
1. Send me a picture of yourself wearing an ugly holiday sweater or approximation thereof OR send me a picture of your pet dressed up in some sort of holiday festiveness. I promise I won't use them for anything other than this contest.
1b. Please send them all to me by Dec 20th.
1c. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are entering the pet contest, please be sure to tell me your pet's name!! If you would like me to link to your blog or website in a shameless promotional plug, be sure to include that link too and I totally will.
2. I will collect them all and put them in a post that will go up on Dec 21.
3. I'm going to let the people vote on their favorites (I'm hoping I can figure out how to set up a poll on SurveyMonkey or something.) So, yes, it will be subjective which maybe is fair and maybe isn't but we'll give it a try and see what happens. In the event of a tie, I will decide the winner. It's my blog, after all, and I am the queen of this kingdom. Queendom. Blogdom. Whatever.
3b. Voting will remain open until Dec 31.
4. There will be two winners: one human, one pet. Official winners will be announced on January 1. Or January 2, if I happen to leave my house on New Year's Eve and end up being hungover or something. I'm leaving the possibility open. Even though last year I crawled in bed at 11:30 and waited until midnight to turn the lights off and fall asleep. Because I'm awesome like that.
Prize for the Human Contest is a $10 gift card to the retailer of your choice as long as I can get it from Iowa and THIS TROPHY THAT I FOUND ON THE INTERNET BECAUSE OMG. Also it will have something engraved on it. Because I love you crazy mofos.
Prize for the Pet Contest is a $10 gift card (again, your choice) and some fancy ribbon that I have not yet acquired because pets are supposed to win, like, Best in Show ribbons or something, aren't they? I don't know. It will probably be awful and tacky and awesome and wonderful.
(Because I'm sure someone will ask, YES, you may enter both the human and pet contest, but you only get 1 entry per each. If you have multiple pets, either (a) pick your favorite or (b) make sure they're all in the same picture.)